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Parenting Beyond Belief. On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion Paperback – 1 May 2007

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Amacom (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814474268
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814474266
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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.."."Parenting Beyond Belief "provides engaging anecdotes about the challenges of raising children without religion." Humanist

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“Dale McGowan has assembled an invaluable sourcebook on an issue that must be of great concern to everyone but narrow dogmatists. How do we raise our children to think for themselves on religious and ethical questions? Can we avoid religious indoctrination without inoculating our children against religion? As a parent, as the pastor of a diverse congregation, as a freethinker, and as a counselor to mixed-faith couples, I have had occasion to think much on these questions. So have the contributors to this fine volume. Here you will find real help.” — Robert M. Price, Ph.D., Author of The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man, Jesus Seminar cofounder

Why am I here? What happens after we die? These are some of the hardest questions a child can ask, and they are even harder for parents to answer. Explaining the meaning of life to your children can be challenging enough when you have the support of a built-in community with a religious leader like a pastor or a rabbi. If you’ve chosen to raise your children without religion, it can be even more daunting.

Parenting Beyond Belief helps you celebrate the freedom that comes with raising kids without formal indoctrination and advises parents on the most effective way to raise freethinking, empathetic, and compassionate children. With contributions from some of the most celebrated secular educators, doctors, psychologists, and philosophers, as well as wisdom from everyday parents, the book offers tips and insights on a variety of topics, from interreligious marriages to coping with death and loss, and from religious holidays to morality.

Sensitive and timely, Parenting Beyond Belief features reflections from such freethinkers as Mark Twain; Richard Dawkins; Bertrand Russell; psychologist Dr. Jean Mercer; comedian Julia Sweeney; entertainer Penn Jillette; Norm R. Allen, Jr., the executive director of African Americans for Humanism (AAH); Dan Barker, the author of Losing Faith in Faith; and wellness guru Dr. Don Adel. From the humorous “Little Bessie Would Assist Providence” to the poignant “Dealing with Death in the Secular Family,” these contributions offer guidance on the common issues you find yourself facing every day.

At once delightful and enlightening, this is the first book of its kind to show secular parents that they are not alone in their quest to raise caring, independent, and open-minded children.

Dale McGowan, Ph.D., holds degrees in the arts and sciences from UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota. In addition to a 15-year teaching career, he was editor and featured essayist for the Family Issues section of the Atheist Alliance Web Center.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pete Moss on 30 Jan. 2008
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"Raising ethical, caring kids without religion" may seem pretty much like normality in the UK, but whether you've made a positive decision to bring up your children free from religion or that's just the way life is turning out, this book is a great resource.

The articles have been gathered from various sources, and although it is an American book, it does include British contributors such as biologist Richard Dawkins, philosopher Stephen Law and humanists James Herrick and Jane Wynne Willson.

Dale McGowan has edited the book with humour, intelligence, clear-thinking and sensitivity. His words guide us through the chapters which vary in length, age and topic, and of course relevance to the particular reader. I personally found commentaries about dealing with death and discussions about Santa very useful and I am sure I will be returning to the book as my children develop, age and encounter life's challenges.

And, once you've read the book, there's an internet forum to further explore your ideas, and talk of a second book on its way too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Chip on 22 Sept. 2013
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This is a great book for those parents who want their children to grow up to be thoughtful, open-minded individuals. It is aimed mainly at atheists but that should not put off those who are religious, as long as they are prepared to let their children decide for themselves.
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Okay to have as something to remind you that you're not alone in the atheist parenting business, but I would say that it's more for the American customer just because some of the experiences are so alien to those of us outside of the country. On the other hand, a real eye-opener to what some people have to go through and how hard it can be.
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Different views but all from a standpoint of wanting to foster a parenting climate of encouraging true humanity and freedom of thought for our children. A very good read and some useful tips, thank you!
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excellent book - very informative and relevant.
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