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Humanism Renaissance Religion

posted Apr 8, 2014, 7:44 PM by Quoc-Anh Vuong   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 7:06 PM ]
Hi Huong and Ly, 
Finally, here are the notes from my session with Huan last week!  
HUMANISM
RENAISSANCE RELIGION

Humanism refers to any philosophical, moral, political, artistic or scientific system with a human, not supernatural, frame of reference.  In humanism, some believe that the ideals of human existence can be fulfilled without regard to religion. The Humanist Manifesto of 1933 took the position that the universe was “self-created;” that mankind was a part of nature.  A manifesto is a written or verbal declaration of intentions, motives or views of the author.

  • What are we going to talk about today?  HUMANISM
  • Name a system that humanism refers to. SCIENCE
  • What is the basic principle of humanism? BELIEVES THAT MAN IS PART OF NATURE
  • What is a manifesto? DECLARATION OF VALUES AND BELIEFS

Renaissance humanism refers to a revival of classical literature and philosophy that began at the end of the Middle Ages, or middle of the 14thcentury.  Renaissance humanism features several important intellectual figures, including Nicolaus Copernicus and Leonardo daVinci. Nicolaus Copernicus was a mathematician, economist and astronomer who declared that the earth orbited around the sun.  Though Copernicus wrote “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Sphere” several decades earlier, it was not published until his death in 1543 as his theory was in direct conflict with teachings of the Catholic Church.  Leonardo daVinci worked as an artist, musician, architect, inventor, engineer, anatomist and geometer.  In his drawing Vitruvian Man, daVinci superimposed two views of a nude man in a circle to illustrate mathematical proportions of the human body as described by Roman architect Vitruvius.  Vitruvian Man was said to reconcile the main two parts of our being; the physical and the intellectual.

  • Tell me one thing you learned about Copernicus.  THE CATHOLIC CHURCH DICTATED THAT HIS TEACHINGS WERE WRONG
  • Tell me one thing da Vinci is famous for. THE MONA LISA (notice that I did not mention Mona Lisa in this lesson!!!)  
  • What is significant about the Vitruvian Man?  ROLE OF BODY AND MIND
  • I showed Huan the Vitruvian Man and asked what he noticed about it.  SIZE OF ARMS AND LEGS


The difference between humanist and religious theories are their understanding of what constitutes truth. The humanist regards truth as something constantly evolving.  Religious theory identifies a static, unchanging revelation from God as truth. A humanist is generally skeptical and open minded.  Religious theorists are often unwavering and live according to theological dogma.  Dogma is a principle or set of principles provided by any authority as incontrovertibly true.

What is the difference between Humanists and religious theorists?  HUMANISTS BELIEVE IN SCIENCE RELIGIONISTS BELIVE IN GOD
What is your position?  I BELIEVE IN CENTER OF THE ROAD

Creative Writing: Write your own manifesto! Be sure to give it a title!

HUAN'S MANIFESTO

I BELIEVE IN EDUCATION THAT CHALLENGES STUDENTS ACCORDING TO THEIR ABILITIES NOT BY THEIR ABIITY TO TALK.

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Huong, Huan and I had a conversation about his reluctance to use the letter board with his Huong.  

Huan, how do you feel about using the letter board with your Mom?  I DO NOT LIKE DOING THE LETTER BOARD WITH ANYONE BUT YOU.  why?  BECAUSE YOU ARE GOOD AT IT AND SO NICE.  that is very kind of you to say, but your Mom is very nice to and wants to talk to you on the letter board.  I GET NERVOUS WITH MA.  So, tell me specifically what would be helpful to you.  LONGER TIL I AM READY WITH MA.  I understand.  Many kids feel that they need time to be very good on the letter board and feel nervous doing it with other people.  How would you feel about working with my friend, Tasha.  She uses RPM and is very nice.  YES, THAT WOULD BE FINE.  

***Don't be discouraged Huong, Huan will get communicate with you on the letter board as he becomes more comfortable in his skills!







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