Collects guidelines and advice for secular parenting, providing tips and strategies for addressing such issues as death, sexuality, morality, and religion while encouraging children to think for themselves.
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Why am I here? What happens after we die? These are some of the hardest questions a child can ask—and even harder for parents to answer, especially if you’ve chosen to raise your child without religion. Gathering the perspectives of educators and psychologists, as well as wisdom from everyday parents, Parenting Beyond Beliefoffers insights and advice on a wide range of topics including: Instilling values • Finding meaning and purpose • Navigating holidays • Coping with loss • Finding community without religion…and more The second edition of this secular parenting bestseller brings back reflections from such celebrated freethinkers as Richard Dawkins and Julia Sweeney, and adds new voices including journalist Wendy Thomas Russell, essayist Katherine Ozment, sociologist Phil Zuckerman, and many others. Wise, entertaining, and deeply supportive, the book will empower parents in their quest to raise ethical, compassionate, and open-minded children—without religion.
- Author : Dan Arel
- Publisher : Dangerous Little Books
- Release Date : 2014-08-13
- Genre : Atheism
- Pages : 182
- ISBN : 1908675292
"A book for atheist parents who are seeking guidance on raising freethinkers in a Christian dominated nation."--P.  of cover.
Three days have passed since everything at the College of St. Bernadette took a nosedive. (Ooh, bad choice of words.) Those left behind are struggling to make sense of the strange events of that night in their own ways. As they prepare for the funeral of the strangest victim of all, it suddenly becomes clear that something has been lost...and found.
Today, increasing numbers of parents are raising their children free from religion. This book of Christian mythology is a tool for parents to introduce their children to the Christian religion without opinion or fear.This 2nd edition of Christian Mythology for Kids was inspired by supporters and readers. During the first years of print, it became apparent that while many readers appreciated the commentary and historical background offered in the original text, some families were seeking a book with just the mythology. This I completely understand, as a rising number of people come from a secular upbringing that doesn't require a debunking of the myths. There is a beauty in this simplicity. These stories are mythology, let's read them as such and move forward. Nothing more is required to be said, especially from the viewpoint of a child. I have honored the simplicity of this idea in this text, and aimed to give more by offering less. "Myths fired my imagination powerfully as a kid. Greek, Norse, Hopi, West African animist tales-I devoured them all. But the stories of the Judeo-Christian canon were an exception. The retellings were always so mired in kid-glove sacredness that all the rich drama was drained out of them. Christian Mythology for Kids finally restores these fantastic tales to their rightful place among the great, compelling stories of humanity. I want to be a kid again so I can discover Christian myth afresh." -Dale McGowan, Author, "Parenting Beyond Belief" and "Raising Freethinkers" Inform your children before someone else does. Learn about Christian bible stories and myths without the dogma." - Chrystine Trooien
Theres only one real taboo left in 21st Century America, and Jack Kassels got it bad. He doesnt believe in God. And even that might be all right if he didnt teach at the College of Saint Bernadette, but he does. Nothing is more important to Jack than reason, the triumph of truth over comforting fantasies, but Saint Bernies is the land of created realities, where critical thoughts go to die. When his oldest partner in disbelief shows up as the campus priest, Jack edges nearer the abyss, finally plunging over when his ex-wife enrolls their brilliant young son in a Lutheran school and the boy begins quoting Scripture in response to Jacks questions. Back against the wall, Jack starts to come out as a non-believer at what turns out to be the worst possible time --- as an alleged vision of the Virgin Mary turns the college into a holy pilgrimage site. A novel of principles and substance...CALLING BERNADETTES BLUFF is surprising not in the form but in the execution --- in boldness, in originality, in the spit and shine of the prose The president, the philosopher, the priestess, and the priest nail us again and again by sentences, as it were, fired by builders gunsAll thats superfluous burns, as readers become powder, fuse, and match. --- Robert Grunst, author of The Smallest Bird in North America "Wicked funny...CALLING BERNADETTES BLUFF cleverly captures some of the primary paradoxes of contemporary American life, especially our humble human yearning for truth in an age of absurdity. The hilarious answer to what might happen if David Lodge met David Foster Wallace on a Wendy Wasserstein set." --- Cecilia Konchar Farr, author of Dancing Through the Doctrine "Entertaining, insightful...genuinely brilliant." --- Theresa Ostrom, author of The Folding Year "CALLING BERNADETTES BLUFF is an undoubted triumph of academic satire...in excellent company with other satirical novels of academe; from David Lodge to Jane Smiley, from Malcolm Bradbury to James Hynes, Dale McGowan is easi
- Author : David Herbert Rawlinson
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1961
- Genre : Cambridge Platonists
- Pages : 150
- ISBN : STANFORD:36105025583563
Foreword by Michael Shermer, Ph.D. Contributors include Penn Jillette, Julia Sweeney, and Dr. Donald B. Ardell This is an abridged edition of the print classic. It does not include essays by Richard Dawkins or Stephen Law. Please consult the print edition for these essays. It’s hard enough to live a secular life in a religious world. And bringing up children without religious influence can be even more daunting. Despite the difficulties, a large and growing number of parents are choosing to raise their kids without religion. In Parenting Beyond Belief, Dale McGowan celebrates the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking children. With advice from educators, doctors, psychologists, and philosophers as well as wisdom from everyday parents, the book offers tips and insights on a variety of topics, from "mixed marriages" to coping with death and loss, and from morality and ethics to dealing with holidays. Sensitive and timely, Parenting Beyond Belief features reflections from such freethinkers as Mark Twain, Bertrand Russell, and wellness guru Dr. Don Ardell that will empower every parent to raise both caring and independent children without constraints.
Interfaith marriages fail more often than same-faith partnerships. So what are the chances of survival for the ultimate mixed marriage--one between religious and nonreligious partners? Nearly 20 percent of Americans now self-identify as nonreligious, including millions who are married to religious believers. Despite the differences, many of these marriages succeed beautifully. In this landmark book, popular author and secular humanist Dale McGowan explores some of the stories of these unions, whose very endurance flies in the face of conventional wisdom, including his own marriage to a believing Christian--a loving partnership that remains strong after three kids and 22 years. Drawing on sociology, psychology, and real-life experience, he shares: ● Negotiation tips that set the stage for harmonious relationships ● Strategies for dealing with pressure from extended family ● Profiles of families who have successfully blended different world views ● Insights for helping kids make their own choices about religious identity ● Advice for handling holidays, churchgoing, baptism, circumcision, religious literacy, and more The first book of its kind, In Faith and In Doubt helps partners navigate the complexities of their situation while celebrating the extraordinary richness it affords their relationship, their children, and those around them.
- Author : Anonim
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1878
- Genre : Free thought
- Pages : 398
- ISBN : WISC:89077181113
Barry McGowan has over 20 years of experience in activism supporting the separation of church and state. How to Separate Church & State distills his accumulated knowledge into a handy practical guide to some very timely topics. Rather than a politico-philosophical discussion of the subject, it s a concise how-to with practical do-it-yourself solutions anyone can implement on a budget, in their spare time. ... a fine guide to action: it explains in considerable detail just how each of us can make a difference in correcting violations of real religious liberty ... this work gives you plenty of avenues to make a real difference in your community and nation. -Rev. Barry Lynn President of Americans United for Separation of Church and State ... does a great job showing the remarkable number and variety of ways in which Monotheistic religion has wended its way into our state and federal governments. Just a walk down the Table of Contents demonstrates how pervasive this constitutional infraction has been. ... A more in-depth reading reveals some of the tools that can be used to redirect that power as the nation s great charter requires. -Mike Newdow Constitutional Law Attorney ...very useful and well-organized. -Dale McGowan Editor of Parenting Beyond Belief and Co-author of Raising Freethinkers
- Author : John Watts
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1857
- Genre : Uncategorized
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : OXFORD:600080983