Reason and Faith: A quest to understand Atheism and Religion across centuries

Summary
Number of Sessions: 16
Dates: 8th November 2022 to 12th January 2023 (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Timings: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. I.S.T
Fees: Rs. 3000/-
Resource Persons: Prof. Dr. Mayank Vahia, Dr. Kurush Dalal, Dr. Kanad Sinha, Prof. Amitabh Joshi, Dr Sunny Kumar, Mr. Satyam Balakrishnan, Mr. Raamesh G. R, and Mr. Sanal Edamaruku
Medium: English

About the Course
A short certificate course by INSTUCEN which will help you understand the concept of Atheism.

Instructions

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Instruction to registered participants - Reason and Faith: A quest to understand Atheism and Religion across centuries

MODULE I: BEGINNINGS OF RELIGION-THEISM & ATHEISM

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Origin and evolution of Religion- Relation between Religion and superstition: heaven-earth- life and death and human fears. Human anxieties and religion. Why humans need religion and evolution of religions. -- Prof. Dr. Mayank Vahia
1:45
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Emergence of magico-religious thinking and rituals in prehistory and protohistory - Dr. Kurush Dalal
1:40
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Reasoning about causation and the origin of religious theories* — the existence of a supernatural (external) agent that causes things to happen or reasoning that natural causes can have natural (internal) causes -- Mr. Satyam Balakrishnan
1:45
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Western atheist, atomist and rationalist philosophy* through the Socrates-Plato-Aristotleian school, Spinoza's atomism, Descartes' rationalism and others -- Mr. Satyam Balakrishnan
1:48

MODULE II: INDIAN ATHEISM

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Śramaņa schools propagating atheist, materialistic and agnostic ideas: Ahētuvāda, Sassatavāda, Ājīvika, Ajñāna, Cārvāka, Lokāyata -- Mr. Raamesh G R
1:38
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Early Agnosticism, atheism in the Vedic traditions, Nastika ie Darshanas non-adhering to Vedic traditions- Jaina and Bouddha and their theism/atheism -- Dr. Kanad Sinha
1:31

MODULE III: MODERN ATHEISM

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Atheism after Darwin: Creationist/intelligent design debates. - Prof. Amitabh Joshi
1:40
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Rationalism and secularism as foundations for modern ethics and law; separation of church and state; and the flowering of 'secular' art and literature free of the church - Mr. Satyam Balakrishnan
1:30
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Top 10 Atheists (and some) in history and what they did for their societies and their influence on ideas and culture. -- Mr. Satyam Balakrishnan
1:42
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New Atheism Movement of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett and Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Mr. Sanal Edamaruku
1:27

MODULE IV- POLITICAL ATHEISM

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Religion and Atheism in Marxist revolutions and the other political revolutions including The French Revolution. - Dr Sunny Kumar
1:33
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Atheism movement of Periyar sami and Dravidianism - Mr. Sanal Edamaruku
1:39
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Atheism in Indian politics: Ghadar movement, Bhagat Singh. And the legacy which is still renewed in Modern Indian Atheist movement. -- Dr. Sunny Kumar
2:00
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Atheism in contemporary India: struggles of atheism wrt constitutional recognition, assassination of atheists, Rangila Rasul case, Section 295A of IPC -- Mr. Sanal Edamaruku
1:22
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Role of Publications. Bookshelf that shook the ‘God’ concept and precepts of religion (Origin of Species to God Delusion) - Mr. Sanal Edamaruku
0:57
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Questions and answers -- Full Faculty Panel
1:13
Enrolled: 140 students
Lectures: 17
Level: Beginner

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Working hours

Monday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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