Should Atheists Parents Teach Their Kids Santa Is Real?

Self-conscious atheists, by which I mean those of us who are atheists for well thought out and intellectually or morally principled reasons, can be the sorts of people who are suspicious of the whole tradition of lying to children about the existence of Santa Claus. Could it be counter-productive to the already difficult task of [Read More...]

Secular Parents Dealing With Santa and God

I just watched Elyse Anders of the secular group parenting blog Grounded Parents, Russell Glasser and Jen Peeples from The Atheist Experience, and Dale McGowan, author of Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion participate in a really good panel on secular parenting as part of FTBConscience2. (Remember, you can stream FTBConscience2 live all weekend and [Read More...]

“Skipping Sunday School”: A Documentary On Parenting Without Religion And Growing Up Godless

(via Atheist Nexus) Learn more about the topic and the film here. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Foundation Beyond Belief

If you, like me, believe that it is time that the irreligious concentrate real effort on providing charity and support for parents through explicitly secular alternative channels to religious ones, then you really should consider supporting the efforts of Dale McGowan’s newly formed “Foundation Beyond Belief.” Thanks to Hemant Mehta for the heads up (and [Read More...]

Disambiguating Faith: Faith As Corruption Of Children’s Intellectual Judgment

Earlier today, I challenged Rod Dreher’s recent post wherein he lamented the difficulties we have in overcoming our minds’ propensities for rationalizations.  In that same post he had argued from the experience of his own loss of Catholic faith that the intellect was an insufficient ground for religious beliefs and that the will needed to [Read More...]

Atheists Make Efforts To Organize

Rather exciting stuff: Some are adopting rituals themselves, from de-baptisms to wedding ceremonies, as a way to cement ties among members. Others are organizing science-related outings or enrolling in community-service programs. Nationwide, atheists’ groups are now treading, sometimes gingerly, into unfamiliar territory. “This is the transition moment right now,” says Dale McGowan, author of “Parenting [Read More...]


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