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Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond BeliefDale McGowan S Popular And Compassionate Guide Parenting Beyond Belief Was The First Comprehensive Book To Offer A General Philosophy Of Nonreligious Parenting Raising Freethinkers Is A Practical Sequel, Providing Specific Answers To Common Questions And Than Activities For Parents And Their Children Raising Freethinkers Covers Every Topic Nonreligious Parents Need To Know To Help Their Children With Their Own Moral, Intellectual, And Emotional Development, Including Sound Advice On Religious Extended Family Issues, Death And Life, Secular Celebrations, Wondering And Questioning, And Here Parents Will Discover Practical And Effective Ways To Help Children Achieve Religious Literacy Without Indoctrination Explore Life S Meaning And Purpose Promote A Healthy Perspective On Sexuality And Body Image Encourage Ravenous Curiosity Help Kids Come To Terms With Death And Loss Find And Create CommunityComplete With Reviews Of Books, DVDs, Curricula, Educational Toys, And Online Resources Relevant To Each Chapter Topic, Raising Freethinkers Helps Nonreligious Parents Raise Their Children With Confidence

DALE McGOWAN, Ph.D., is a committed atheist, a devoted husband and father, and a recognized expert on raising caring, ethical children without religion He is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, a collection of essays by and for loving, thoughtful nonreligious parents hailed by Newsweek as a compelling read, and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resource addressing the unique challenges secular parents face He teaches workshops to nonreligious parents throughout the United States and Canada and was named a Harvard Humanist of the Year Dale also founded the nonprofit Foundation Beyond Belief, a charitable organization dedicated to encouraging and demonstrating acts of humanist generosity.At age 28, Dale married his true love, Becca, a Southern Baptist They had a traditional religious wedding in a beautiful, historic Lutheran church in San Francisco, with two ministers a Methodist friend of the family and the bride s Baptist uncle plus an Episcopal organist No one would have guessed there was an atheist in the room, Dale reflects, much less that he was the one in tux and tails Twenty three years and three kids later, their marriage is, happily, still going strong Yet, as Dale knew from the experiences of others, including close friends, many mixed belief marriages are marked by frequent conflict and pain, and some end in divorce, caused directly by the couple s differences in worldview Why do some secular religious marriages succeed and others fail Dale s fascination with that question and search for answers culminated in the book, In Faith and In Doubt How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families.Before finding his calling as a writer, Dale McGowan enjoyed a 15 year career as a professor of music and conductor He holds degrees in physical anthropology and music theory from the University of California, as well as a doctorate in music composition and theory from the University of Minnesota In addition to his books on secular parenting and mixed belief families, he is the author of Atheism for Dummies, Voices of Unbelief, and two works of satirical fiction, Calling Bernadette s Bluff and Good Thunder He makes his home near Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Becca, a second grade teacher, and their three kids.

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  • Paperback
  • 269 pages
  • Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief
  • Dale McGowan
  • English
  • 04 September 2019
  • 0814410960

10 thoughts on “Raising Freethinkers: A Practical Guide for Parenting Beyond Belief

  1. says:

    I never really thought about myself as a freethinker or a secular humanist until I read this book The author s work was referred to me by my aunt who works for the Institute for Science and Human Values a secular neo humanist organization We can all categorize ourselves under different labels, but the label non religious just sounds awkward I am glad I can now think of myself in new terms, and freethinker certainly soundspositive than non religious The idea is that as a fre I never really thought about myself as a freethinker or a secular humanist until I read this book The author s work was referred to me by my aunt who works for the Institute for Science and Human Values a secular neo humanist organization We can all categorize ourselves under different labels, but the label non religious just sounds awkward I am glad I can now think of myself in new terms, and freethinker certainly soundspositive than non religious The idea is that as a freethinker you embrace reason and critical thinking in making your decisions about what you believe and how you act on those beliefs This book does not go into the history or background of the freethinkers, but it does provide an excellent resource to me as a parent of two young children on how to raise my kids Since Auden has now started asking me about God Mommy, why do all my friends and teachers say that God made the world and, I saw God and he has the same pajamas as me , I am glad to have this on my bookshelf

  2. says:

    This book has made me cry several times Cry with validation and peace Insider secret I read this book for myselfthan for my potential future parenting I wanted to understand some basics of freethinking, as I was raised religiously and no longer adhere to those beliefs I wondered how to approach death, life, being surrounded by religion that I don t believe in, having religious relatives, etc I read this book as much for helping me on my newly agnostic journey as I did for feeling mor This book has made me cry several times Cry with validation and peace Insider secret I read this book for myselfthan for my potential future parenting I wanted to understand some basics of freethinking, as I was raised religiously and no longer adhere to those beliefs I wondered how to approach death, life, being surrounded by religion that I don t believe in, having religious relatives, etc I read this book as much for helping me on my newly agnostic journey as I did for feelingsecure about raising a child as an agnostic parent How would I replace religion in my future parenting I have so many wonderful, peace giving, loving ideas in my head now for raising hopefully a child who is a realist, who understands myth when they hear see it, and who experiences each day for what it is a beautiful opportunity to see and experience another day This book gives excellent suggestions for laying your boundaries as a parent of freethinkers when it comes to having religious influences in your children s lives while encouraging your children s religious literacy

  3. says:

    This book is a wonderful resource for secular parents that want to raise their children to be questioning adults and to embrace humanistic values.It s a guide that, in a religious world, will help you raise your kids to be aware and respectful of other beliefs while being secure in their own world view.It covers the different stages of moral development as well as dealing with issues like loss and death and is full of activities and other resources including a wonderful list of movie suggest This book is a wonderful resource for secular parents that want to raise their children to be questioning adults and to embrace humanistic values.It s a guide that, in a religious world, will help you raise your kids to be aware and respectful of other beliefs while being secure in their own world view.It covers the different stages of moral development as well as dealing with issues like loss and death and is full of activities and other resources including a wonderful list of movie suggestions organized by age and topic such as Religious Literacy, Coming of Age, etc While I liked Parenting Beyond Belief as a single read, I really enjoyed Raising Freethinkers and will be returning to it through the years as my children age

  4. says:

    When I checked out this book, I did not know that their was a first book also by Dale MacGowan But I happy I started with this one Every time I pick it up I get such a wonderful feeling I just want to cherish it all While I m not humanist and I do consider myself a theist I still took A LOT from this book The only downside was quickly resolved by a friend who also lend me the first in the series was that I wanted to go and run and look at every link and book mentioned Fortunately someone When I checked out this book, I did not know that their was a first book also by Dale MacGowan But I happy I started with this one Every time I pick it up I get such a wonderful feeling I just want to cherish it all While I m not humanist and I do consider myself a theist I still took A LOT from this book The only downside was quickly resolved by a friend who also lend me the first in the series was that I wanted to go and run and look at every link and book mentioned Fortunately someone beat me to it and make a nice handy lists available herehttp sciencebasedparenting.com 2009http sciencebasedparenting.com 2009http sciencebasedparenting.com 2009All in all, awesome book

  5. says:

    Ahhhthis is just what I ve been looking for As a nonreligious parent of a five year old and 16 month old, I ve struggled to figure out how to give my children a sense of spirituality while skipping the dogma, and how to answer their questions about faith when I have virtually none This book provided me with some guidance on these questions I can see this book becoming a staple of my parenting life something I will go back to again and again as my children grow and enter different stages o Ahhhthis is just what I ve been looking for As a nonreligious parent of a five year old and 16 month old, I ve struggled to figure out how to give my children a sense of spirituality while skipping the dogma, and how to answer their questions about faith when I have virtually none This book provided me with some guidance on these questions I can see this book becoming a staple of my parenting life something I will go back to again and again as my children grow and enter different stages of development and thought

  6. says:

    What a wonderful work to help parents raise thinkers.Most helpful to me are the Activities at the end of each chapter to reinforce the ideas taught and to encourage thinking and learning in your childrens minds.Favorite chapter Celebrating Life which I think is especially helpful for us non believers Clear ups on traditional holidays and how to celebrate them without indoctrination is why I think MacGowan received the Humanist Award from Harvard U Others, I m sure, would disagree H What a wonderful work to help parents raise thinkers.Most helpful to me are the Activities at the end of each chapter to reinforce the ideas taught and to encourage thinking and learning in your childrens minds.Favorite chapter Celebrating Life which I think is especially helpful for us non believers Clear ups on traditional holidays and how to celebrate them without indoctrination is why I think MacGowan received the Humanist Award from Harvard U Others, I m sure, would disagree Helping us all live together is very valuable, indeed, and recognizing our sameness rather than our one difference is encouraged throughout the book.Favorite topic Happiness Flow all parents should learn about and experience flow Most of us experience it without even knowing it Overscheduling and interrupting interferes with flow something I needed to be taught Be sure to include flexibility and spontanaety to foster happiness Lots of good ideas and activities for children.This book is for open minded individuals who see the world as it is, not as they wish it to be It is for those who encourage questions and seek answers using the scientific method of research If you want to learn about Humanists and non believers and their family approach this is also a good exp to broaden your horizons about others and how they incorporate valuable lessons for their children, without religious content.Easy, quick read I learned a lot

  7. says:

    Loved it Raising Freethinkers ended up being one of those books that articulated so many of my thoughts and feelings very well, and introduced a few things to think about I especially appreciated the balanced, kind manner of responding to or dealing with religious thought or people.Love all the ideas and resources This is one worth buying, and I look forward to reading the first book Parenting Beyond Belief Dale McGowan is a good, fun writer My favorite block quote from the book nailed my Loved it Raising Freethinkers ended up being one of those books that articulated so many of my thoughts and feelings very well, and introduced a few things to think about I especially appreciated the balanced, kind manner of responding to or dealing with religious thought or people.Love all the ideas and resources This is one worth buying, and I look forward to reading the first book Parenting Beyond Belief Dale McGowan is a good, fun writer My favorite block quote from the book nailed my feelings I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing I think it s muchinteresting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I m not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don t know anything about, such as why we re here I don t have to know the answer I don t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell It doesn t frighten me Richard Feynman, Nobel Laureate in Physics

  8. says:

    I found this book a while back after I read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins Yes, it s by atheist secular humanist authors and so you know that s what these people think and that those are their core beliefs Yes, they re beliefs So, overall, they are very hard on the fundamentalist religions, they do show how theprogressive religions mostly parent in the same way as the secular humanists This book is CHOCK FULL of resources on lots of different topics This book has been a great hel I found this book a while back after I read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins Yes, it s by atheist secular humanist authors and so you know that s what these people think and that those are their core beliefs Yes, they re beliefs So, overall, they are very hard on the fundamentalist religions, they do show how theprogressive religions mostly parent in the same way as the secular humanists This book is CHOCK FULL of resources on lots of different topics This book has been a great help for me in finding good resources on how to talk about lots of topics with my daughter And contrary to what you might thing, this book doesn t advocate atheism for your kids What it does advocate is finding out information about all sorts of different religions and belief systems and answering your kid s questions factually without bias so that they can make their own decisions and try out things that appeal to them and make sense to them And most importantly, they can feel free to change their minds as often as they want to I highly recommend this one

  9. says:

    This was an educational book on learning the point of view of atheists and how they d prefer raising children without God or any form of belief system The argument is that logic and reason is all you should need to raise a respectable moral child in today s society They believe religion is brain washing and doesn t allow doubt or questioning They list resources and excises after each chapter Although they profess to believe in freethinking , it sounded pretty much them teaching their own re This was an educational book on learning the point of view of atheists and how they d prefer raising children without God or any form of belief system The argument is that logic and reason is all you should need to raise a respectable moral child in today s society They believe religion is brain washing and doesn t allow doubt or questioning They list resources and excises after each chapter Although they profess to believe in freethinking , it sounded pretty much them teaching their own religion of humanism atheism and ridiculing Christianity You d have to be a freethinker to think this is a great book Very good to know what is being taught in non believing homes and the mind set that is being instilled in today s generation

  10. says:

    It will provide good reference material.I like the family activities that it outlines.Ultimately it reads like a manual, and I didn t like the layout It also troubles me when people assert themselves authoritatively about what is good parenting because I think that we are all just muddling through it the best we can.

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