Want to Learn About Humanism?

Want to Learn About Humanism?

The Continuum of Humanist Education (COHE) has free courses for people wishing to learn about humanism.  I started these courses a couple years back and still have two more left to go.  You can take these courses in your spare time, at your own pace, and enroll in as many as you want, but there is a time limit on which to complete each of them.

The Continuum of Humanist Education (COHE) aims to give individuals a clear understanding of humanism and to help them apply that understanding to better comprehend the world, develop personal potential, and contribute to a better society. Our motto is Sapere aude – dare to know.

Courses range from Psychology and Humanism, Religion and Spirituality, Science and Humanism, Humanist Activism and Organization, Law and Politics, and Ethics.  Each one has three levels of knowledge.  Once you complete one level you can move on to the next level, just like it were a regular college curriculum.  You do not have to take any of the modules in any particular order nor do you have to be an adult to register, but the courses are college level courses and it is recommended that young people get their parents' permission.  One does not have to be a humanist to register either.  For more information on the courses you can view their FAQs area.

Each module has a link to the instructor who created the course and book recommendations they wrote to supplement your learning of that subject.  Jeaneane Fowler, Ph.D. is the instructor of Religion and Spirituality, of which I bought her book Humanism:  Beliefs and Practices and hope to write a review soon.  Her book is loaded with fascinating information and while it is suppose to be a text book, it does not read like one.

Before registering for the courses, one can take a free two part introductory course, written by Matt Cherry Executive Director of IHS, that gives an overview of what one will learn in the various courses.  As an added bonus, once you are registered you can sign up for the Humanists Network News (HNN) e-newsletter, also free.

COHE is owned developed, and managed by The Institute for Humanist Studies (IHS), A Humanist Think Tank.

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

The Humanist Manifesto, found in some modules, is provided by the American Humanist Association.

I highly recommend these courses for anyone wanting to learn more about humanism, as well as the various books recommended in the COHE Student Onsite Book store.  It is time well spent for anyone who is interested in learning about humanism and seeking a philosophy that is not religion.  One cannot beat the price for these courses and resources on humanism.  The courses are all free, as well as a blog from the IHS, and a newsletter from the HNN.  Along with the newsletter, one can also get HNN podcasts for free too.  Thus, the site is an invaluable source of learning, information, and resources concerning humanism.

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • I'm so happy! Sorry to brag, but this gives someone else a plug too.

    I was noticed by Secular Left Daily, specifically in their education section:

    A nice looking site. 🙂 Of course, they are getting a plug in return, as well as my unique way of excitedly saying "thank you", which also helps COHE, IHS, AHA, and others too. They have a link back to them. 🙂

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