Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Men's Hightops Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon David Ramirez UP3 $5 Off Fire TV Stick Subscribe & Save Shop Popular Services hog hog hog  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Shop Now Baby Sale
Parenting Without God and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $4.77
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Parenting Without God: how to raise moral, ethical and intelligent children, free from religious dogma Paperback – August 13, 2014

19 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback, August 13, 2014
$60.37

Getting to Calm: The Early Years: Cool-headed Strategies for Raising Caring, Happy, and Independent 3-7 Year Olds by Laura Kastner
Featured New Release in Parenting & Families
Check out "Getting to Calm," by Laura Kastner, a featured new release this month. Learn more | See related books

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Parenting Without God is not just about the absence of religion--it's about the glorious space that opens up for secular parents and their lucky kids once the clutter and smoke of religion is gone. Dan Arel's voice is clear, smart, and a welcome addition to the growing chorus of parents taking the hands of their children and running at full speed into the real world." - Dale McGowan, author/editor of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers

“As any parent will tell you, the number of resources available to the faithful is staggering. They include books, daycare, religious education, and ways to celebrate rites of passage. Atheists with children are usually left to fend for themselves, but Dan Arel has contributed a fine volume to the growing library of secular parenting resources. His casual yet in-depth approach to the struggles nonreligious parents face reminds us that religious rituals can indeed be replaced.”  —Hemant Mehta, editor, FriendlyAtheist.com


Dan Arel is the atheist dad I never had, with a thoughtful, passionate, and accessible approach to today’s important social issues. Parenting Without God is an indispensable guide for navigating all the unique challenges that face secular parents.”  —David Fitzgerald, authorThe Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion


Dan Arel deftly navigates the child-rearing minefield, revealing the importance and beauty of education over indoctrination, and placing yet another exclamation point on why the next generation should be given the tools and encouragement to discover the world honestly, enthusiastically, and without fear.”  —Seth Andrews, author, Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dan Arel is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Salon, AlterNet, The Huffington Post, The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, American Atheist Magazine and many others.

As a writer and public speaker Dan has discussed various topics from religion in politics, science and religion, secular parenting and humanist morality to name a few. Is- sues such as the separation of church and state are prominent in Dan's work and play a key role in his vision for a secular world.

Dan was raised in a Pentecostal Christian home but was encouraged to question the world around him and was never held back from exploring other religions. He was fortunate that coming out as an atheist was an easy task in his family and has happily been joined by his other siblings and father since then.

Speaking out against the atrocities and discrimination committed in the name of religion has been and is still encouraged by his family and that support has motivated him to pass this encouragement on to his son. Having a child changed how he saw the world and he realized that no one is going to change if for him or his family and the responsibility was on us all.

Armed with nothing but a desire to change the world and a computer Dan began writing for small blogs and news sites and quickly picked up the attention of The Richard Dawkins Foundation where he wrote about religion and science and even caught the eye of Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum who took issues with Dan's stance that creationism is not a debatable or respectable topic.

Dan writes for the sole reason of reaching out to those who are simply accepting the status quo and opening their eyes to other perspectives. Instead of sugar coating the world, in which we we live, Dan attempts to tell it like it is and call out faith-based claims for the nonsense they are.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Dangerous Little Books (August 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908675292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908675293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dan Arel is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Salon, AlterNet, The Huffington Post, The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, American Atheist Magazine and many others.

As a writer and public speaker Dan has discussed various topics from religion in politics, science and religion, secular parenting and humanist morality to name a few. Is- sues such as the separation of church and state are prominent in Dan's work and play a key role in his vision for a secular world.

Dan was raised in a Pentecostal Christian home but was encouraged to question the world around him and was never held back from exploring other religions. He was fortunate that coming out as an atheist was an easy task in his family and has happily been joined by his other siblings and father since then.

Speaking out against the atrocities and discrimination committed in the name of religion has been and is still encouraged by his family and that support has motivated him to pass this encouragement on to his son. Having a child changed how he saw the world and he realized that no one is going to change if for him or his family and the responsibility was on us all.

Armed with nothing but a desire to change the world and a computer Dan began writing for small blogs and news sites and quickly picked up the attention of The Richard Dawkins Foundation where he wrote about religion and science and even caught the eye of Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum who took issues with Dan's stance that creationism is not a debatable or respectable topic.

Dan writes for the sole reason of reaching out to those who are simply accepting the status quo and opening their eyes to other perspectives. Instead of sugar coating the world, in which we we live, Dan attempts to tell it like it is and call out faith-based claims for the nonsense they are.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Wayne H. Franklin on October 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The concepts in this book are important and helpful to read about for those who are new to "coming out" as an atheist. However, there were too many distracting grammatical errors to recommend this book for anyone else to read: (then/than; who/whom; split infinitives, run-on sentences)----and I was a science major (not great in English). If I can notice them, then they are very obvious. Please copy edit and print the next edition. Good luck.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 24, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great material, but this book is badly in need of a decent editor. Right from the introduction, the text is plagued by pretty frequent structural issues, and it's highly disruptive to the reading flow. It's extra tragic, because if not for this easily remedied problem, I'd have given it more stars. Let's get this fixed up before some jerk-off theist uses it as ammo against the argument that atheists are typically better educated and more intelligent than theists.
4 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jpeterman on March 10, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I expected more from this book, having heard the author on the podcast, and was disappointed that the larger part of this text was focused on the "without god" part of the title, re-iterating short version of old arguments from other authors (citations, at least, were provided) against theistic magical thinking. However, given the part of the Title: "Parenting", and the subtitle: "how to...", it offers precious little in the way of practical parenting approaches.

The book reads as a transcript of a talk radio show, and the author clumsily transitions from one concept/section to another, in a
"rant-ish" tone, as if the thrust of the thesis is 'they're out to get you' (theists) and 'how to defend against the religious', rather than a positive, proactive way to teach your children critical thinking, morality, decision making, and dispassionate assessment of magical claims.

All in all, a disappointment, given the strong need for practical advice for parenting for free-thinkers.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Nebo on August 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
Solid. Dan writes with such passion and dedication. He is an excellent father, leader and person.

Thanks for writing this, Dan.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dan Dana on August 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is where the "reason revolution" starts -- with parents who do not contaminate their children's formative lives with the irrational, magical thinking of religious indoctrination. Kudos to Dan Arel for impacting countless generations to come.

I am the father of a daughter raised without religion, who is the mother of my grandchildren being raised without religion. All are moral, ethical, intelligent, and free from dogma -- good people without god.

- Dan Dana, PhD, author of "The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion"
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn L. Empkey on September 2, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Navigating the world as an atheist parent is difficult at times. Dan's book addresses many of the answers to problems we face in a religion-dominated society. I highly recommend it, and the new version is edited to eliminate any grammar hang-ups that weren't edited out before!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew O'Neil on August 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Arel has written a phenomenal book on being a secular parent in a society that judges you with no knowledge of what that means to the individual, let alone what the oppositions views meant to the parent and their reasons for raising children in such a way. Admittedly, there were points in the book where I honestly thought "This is just more ranting on politics/religion/prejudice and why the author feels it's pertinent for society to change," only to have Arel then point out why it matters as a parent (with me then grumbling about how stupid my assumptions were). I even learned some important things about morality, via Arel's studies in philosophy, that I had not considered before. It is not just parents who should read this; Arel argues why those considering morals, ethics, and constantly curious human beings should approach many subjects the ignorant elitists of the Christian right fuel as gospel truth, in spite of fact, empirical evidence, and truth. A must read for anyone.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dan Dana on August 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is where the "reason revolution" starts -- with parents who do not contaminate their children's formative lives with the irrational, magical thinking of religious indoctrination. Kudos to Dan Arel for impacting countless generations to come.

I am the father of daughter raised without religion, who is the mother of my grandchildren being raised without religion. All are moral, ethical, intelligent, and free from dogma -- good people without god.

- Dan Dana, PhD, author of "The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion"
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: parent, world history