Session One: Essential Humanism
- What brings us here? Goals and Question
- Classical Greece and the Renaissance
- The Enlightenment: Europe and Britain
- Deism and Transcendentalism: U.S. colonial to civil war
- Civil war to Manifesto I to now
- Various Humanist Organizations I
- Various Humanist Organizations II
- Contemporary Problems
- Definitions of Humanism
- Review of future curriculum and project planning
Session Two: Being Human
- Perspectives on the roots of religion in human behavior
- Moral development theory
- Ethical theories and problems
- Family values, human sexuality, and gender identity
- Theories of counseling
Session Three: Humanist Ideas in World Religions
- Early religions -Myth, cosmos, and connection; what is it to be human?
- Hinduism -Epistemology; what is reality? How do we know?
- Buddhism -Ethics and non-violence; what is the right path?
- Confucianism -Society based on ethics; what does this constitute?
- Taoism -Harmony with the natural world; how is this achieved?
- Judaism -Practice and covenant; what is community?
- Islam -Al-Andalus; what does tolerance mean?
- Christianity -The demographic challenge?