Dale McGowan, Ph.D., holds degrees in the arts and sciences from UC Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota. He is currently U.S. Communications Coordinator for Nonviolent Peaceforce, an organization that trains unarmed civilian peacekeepers for deployment to conflict zones around the world. He is the father of three, and author of the satirical novel Calling Bernadette's Bluff and the first comprehensive parenting book by a major publisher on raising children without religion, Parenting Beyond Belief. For more: ParentingBeyondBelief.com.
Fiction gets into the hands of people who would otherwise be unreceptive to rational critiques of God and faith. And it gets into more than their hands. In many ways fiction is the more effective route into the human mind because it speaks not just in syllogisms but in the language of experience.
"I often find myself humbly suggesting that it is possible to raise children every bit as ethical, caring, loving, humane, inspired and well-adjusted without religion as with it. I don't believe parenting without religion is merely "as good" as parenting with it--I think it is immeasurably better. I think it blows the doors off religious parenting in every respect--powerful inquiry, reasoned ethics, ecstatic inspiration, cosmic humility and profound humanity. No need to waste time raining reason on the deaf ears of the faithful. Let the baby have his bottle. Our time is better spent clearing a space for the rest of us to dance with our children."
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