New PDF release: Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids

ISBN-10: 0814474268

ISBN-13: 9780814474266

A collaboration with essays from Richard Dawkins, Penn Jillette, Julia Sweeney, Dr. Donald B. Ardell and lots of others.

It's challenging sufficient to dwell a mundane lifestyles in a spiritual global. And citing kids with no non secular effect may be much more daunting. regardless of the problems, a wide and becoming variety of mom and dad are settling on to elevate their children with out faith. In Parenting past trust, Dale McGowan celebrates the liberty that incorporates elevating little ones with no formal indoctrination and advises mom and dad at the most popular approach to increase freethinking teenagers. With recommendation from educators, medical professionals, psychologists, and philosophers in addition to knowledge from daily mom and dad, the booklet bargains assistance and insights on various themes, from "mixed marriages" to dealing with demise and loss, and from morality and ethics to facing vacations. delicate and well timed, Parenting past trust good points reflections from such freethinkers as Mark Twain, Richard Dawkins, Bertrand Russell, and wellbeing guru Dr. Don Ardell that might empower each dad or mum to elevate either worrying and autonomous young children with no constraints.

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At the 2005 World Religions Conference, I was asked to represent atheism, sitting on the stage with a Buddhist, Muslim, Christian, Jew, Sikh, Hindu, and Native American spiritualist. ”) The theme of the conference was “salvation,” and each of us was asked to summarize our respective positions on that topic. ” Many in the audience laughed at that comment, some who should not have been laughing. They got the point: Much of religious education is an endeavor to solve a nonproblem. It is a confusing waste of time.

I was taken on alternate Sundays to the (Episcopalian) Parish Church at Petersham and to the Presbyterian Church at Richmond, while at home I was taught the doctrines of Unitarianism. . At [age 15] I began a systematic investigation of the supposed rational arguments in favor of fundamental Christian beliefs. I spent endless hours in meditation upon this subject. I thought that if I ceased to believe in God, freedom, and immortality, I should be very unhappy. I found, however, that the reasons given in favor of these dogmas were very unconvincing.

Fortunately for me, I had a few really good friends who would still sit with me at lunchtime. ” I’d been invited by friends to attend this gathering of teens for Christian rock, food, and Bible lessons. My parents relented when they learned it was also a place for me to meet atheist teenagers who had been sent there by their parents to be brought back into the fold. Atheist philosophy was easier to sort out than the value of being an atheist. I found many atheists—well, unpleasant. While I have met some remarkable atheists who are actively involved in making the world more civilized, I am frequently disappointed by atheists who gather only to indulge in rude jokes and angry religion-bashing.

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