- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 8 - 7
- Series: Maybe Guides
- Paperback: 80 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books (January 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879756071
- ISBN-13: 978-0879756079
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #496,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maybe Yes, Maybe No: A Guide for Young Skeptics (Maybe Guides) Paperback – January 1, 1990
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Dan Barker, a former preacher, is copresident of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, cohost of Freethought Radio, and cofounder of The Clergy Project. After 19 years as an evangelical minister, Dan "saw the light" and announced his atheism in 1984. His first public appearance as an atheist was on Oprah Winfrey's "AM Chicago." He travels extensively, lecturing and performing on college campuses, and has participated in more than 120 public debates. Dan is also a jazz pianist and lives with his wife (and copresident) Annie Laurie Gaylor in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a member of the Lenape (Delaware) tribe of American Indians.
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For $14 ($18 cover price), I expected a whole lot more. Though it is 80 pages long, the entire thing could have fit in 20. Most of it is pictures. My 13 yr old read it in 15 minutes. My 7 year olds in about 30 - 40.
With regards to the content, the story in the first half of the book is good. Some kids say there are ghosts, Andrea wants proof. The rest of the book reads more like a lecture. Would have liked to have seen a story for many of the scenarios discussed later.
That being said, the content is decent, it's the value that is bad. I would not pay $14 for this again. It's more like a long pamphlet. If I were you, I would find it at my local bookstore and go hang out for an hour to let my kids read the whole thing in a comfy chair while I'm sipping some coffee.
The book has 3 main parts; a story, a "lecture", and a explanation of the scientific method for kids.
I think if you want to help your kids get this book, read through it (10mins), and if you feel like it is a little too openly harsh on religion (in the lecture section) simply skip it.
Personally, I think that space would have been better used to add another story like the first section where the characters ask questions in order to discover what likely happened. However, the section as is can still be useful.
More generally, I appreciate the books in this genre, directed at this particular audience of which I am one. As a parent, I have decided it isn't necessary (or beneficial) to raise my kids under the influence of religious indoctrination. Now that my son will soon be starting kindergarten though, I anticipate him hearing things from the other kids. Once he hears ideas like heaven, hell, afterlife, gods, etc., I wonder, how will I dispel these notions? Anyway, the best I can do, I figure, is to explain that lots of people think lots of different things... some of them baseless, some silly.
Anyway, books such as this (also "Maybe Right, Maybe Wrong," and others...) are good resources to keep around.