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  • Series: Skeptic's Bookshelf Series
  • Paperback: 27 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (May 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879751061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879751067
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.1 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are raising your kids to be able to think clearly for themselves instead of giving them canned answers for things which are basically unknowable, you will have to deal with this issue, since most of your kids' friends will be raised as believers in "God", and they do talk to each other about this. I've taught my children about the common beliefs of other religions so that they understand them when they encounter them, but I think that this book clearly labels these beliefs for what they are: simplistic holdovers from the days when faith was the only means for understanding the world, and religion was the only tool for controlling the people. If I have one complaint about the book, it is that it doesn't emphasize the practical necessity of never, ever belittling these religious beliefs; this is one lesson my children know very well, not just for politeness' sake, but also for survival as a minority.
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This book gives a concise overview of an immensely over complicated human condition. The creation of god by man is explained simply and clearly for a child. I wish I had been exposed to this book when I was about eight years old. It could have saved me much self doubt and turmoil resulting from early indoctrination.
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"What about gods", was the first childrens book I have come upon that really reveals religion for what it is. Children that I have had the pleasure to expose this work to, immediately knew the truth. The term, "lying to your mind" is a qoute that I use now, even as an adult. About time someone wrote a work that children could in no way misinterpret. It's about time.
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I wish there were more books like this. "What About Gods" really walks children through a simplified version of what gods are and why people believe in them. This books needs to be read under adult guidance for children under nine or ten (maybe older), because it is still a complicated subject matter.

"What About Gods" really walks a parent through the difficult task of explaining religion to kids, and gives kids the confidence to know that there is no reason for them to conform to a religious society.
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My 9 year old was disappointed in this book. He already expressed agnostic leanings, and I thought this book would help clarify the issues. The thesis of this book is that the Judeo-Christian God is part of a mythological tradition and people believe in God for nonrational reasons. My son was disappointed that the book did not effectively explain why really smart people believe in God. The problem with the book is that it does not present alternate conceptions of God (besides the old man in the sky conception), so the book is an example of the straw man fallacy. Another problem with the book is that it assumes a very simplistic view of belief and knowledge. The book raises the right issues, but it is too superficial even for children. I would recommend it only if presented with another book that scratches the surface more deeply.
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I liked the book and the message and it will come in handy with my daughter - in several years. Was looking for something a little more simplified geared towards a pre-schooler.
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I found the book magnificient in that not only was I able to stand by with my wife as my children read the book out loud witout any help, but I was able to expand on what Dan Barker covered. If you don't plan to live 1 million years, or have a will with specific instructions on what your children should learn, then begin by teaching them how to think on their own by using their logic, understanding and reason, not yours, their neighbors, teachers, friends, televisions, history, unfounded believes, etc. The world will eat them up and swallow them in pieces if we don't teach them how to think and be freethinkers.
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Nevertheless, your child might decide on a certain path, one taken by her friends, etc. In the long run, it is good to give them this exposure at an early age. Personally, I can't imagine imparting to my children that one or more of our neighbors (their trusted friends) has the wrong idea about religon. After all, for immediate neighbors we have: Hindi, Lutheran, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Buddist, and Morman to name a few. One of my daughters believes this book is inherently evil, while the other rejoices in the idea that we all have common needs. Judge it for yourself -- it is not confrontational.
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