Parenting Beyond Belief

On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

 Parenting Beyond Belief

Author: Dale McGowan
Pub Date: December 2016
Print Edition: $17.95
Print ISBN: 9780814437414
Page Count: 304
Format: Paper or Softback
Edition: Second Edition
e-Book ISBN: 9780814437421

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“Why am I here?” “What happens when we die?” Questions like these can rattle even the most surefooted parents. But for secular parents raising children without the easy answers of religious doctrine, the job is more challenging—and more liberating.

Wise, entertaining, and deeply supportive, Parenting Beyond Belief is a wellspring of ideas, perspectives, and advice from leading thinkers and everyday parents in this growing movement. This second edition of the secular parenting bestseller offers insights on: • Instilling values • Finding meaning and purpose • Navigating holidays • Coping with loss • Cultivating a community without religion • And more.

Gathering reflections from celebrated freethinkers such as Richard Dawkins and Julia Sweeney—and adding new voices such as journalist Wendy Thomas Russell, essayist Katherine Ozment, sociologist Phil Zuckerman, and others—the book empowers parents in their quest to raise ethical, compassionate, and open-minded children without religion.


“I’m a new father now, with religious relatives, and I find myself referring to Dale’s book whenever I face a new faith-based problem. . . .Dale spearheaded a genre that has blossomed over the past decade, and I owe him a debt of gratitude for introducing me to so many intelligent, funny, and real parents who grapple with many of the same struggles I know I’ll face as an atheist. What a luxury it is to know I won’t have to deal with these challenges alone.”—Hemant Mehta, editor of

“Engaging and down-to-earth . . . highly recommended.” Library Journal, on the first edition

Dale McGowan was named Harvard Humanist of the Year and is the founder of the humanist nonprofit Foundation Beyond Belief. He is the author of Raising Freethinkers and In Faith and in Doubt.

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