“Parents on both sides of the culture war will find this book a compelling read.”
-Newsweek, July 16, 2007
“…Parenting Beyond Belief provides engaging anecdotes about the challenges of raising children without religion.” Humanist
“Parenting Beyond Belief serves not only as a guide to families who choose not to make that identification, but it also made me feel that those of us who are struggling with these issues are not so alone.”
“The editor, Dale McGowan, a writer, educator, husband and parent of three, has pulled off the difficult task of weaving together diverse parts into a very cohesive whole. It sure helps that most of these parts (the individual essays) are simply terrific! … Parenting Beyond Belief is not only an interesting and enjoyable read, it is also stuffed full with good information and pointers to other sources.”
--John Logsdon, "Sex, Genes, & Evolution" and the Iowa Secularists Newsletter
Foreword by Michael Shermer, Ph.D.
Contributors include Richard Dawkins, Penn Jillette, Julia Sweeney, and Dr. Donald B. Ardell
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, Richard Dawkins, Bertrand Russell, and wellness guru Dr. Don Ardell that will empower every parent to raise both caring and independent children without constraints.
I would highly recommend this book to all parents.
I also liked the reference guides to finding good books for children about religions without teaching them that one is right and the rest are wrong.
The book has some great information from philosophers and I quoted many in my ethics paper entitled, Raising Moral Children without Religion.
This book is for anyone who wishes to raise a child to think for him/herself. Unfortunately many resources exist for parents of "faith" but little for secular families. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard Haney
Excellent read about the practicalities and larger ideas around raising ethical human beings without religion. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rachel M.
I loved the book. The material was well packaged and presented quite well. The concepts were clear and concise, but still thought-provoking. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kayla Sue
Laid out to be an easy read, and has many, many useful resources. I'm looking forward to using some of the ideas with my daughter.Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth J
When I first lost faith, I felt a little lost on how to teach my kids morality. This book became my new study manual and helped me understand humanism, and gave me new confidence... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bonnie J
Very good information here. Funny and enlightening. Good information from multiple sources. The articles are compact and well organized. Read morePublished 7 months ago by GregoryDearth
excellent, every parent should read this; even those with strong beliefs as it a good self check of reality and ways of today's world. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JTA2014
Easy to pick up and not put down, great read. Informative and wholesome, research-backed parenting styles. Read morePublished 10 months ago by KAREN E TORRELLA