New Mom Comedy

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So, last night I reviewed the new documentary Hug An Atheist (which premieres Saturday September 14, 2013 in San Francisco at the 5th Annual Atheist Film Festival). The biggest laugh in the film for me came from something said by atheist mother Maryellen Hooper. And that’s not surprising since she does stand up comedy professionally. [Read More...]

Letting Kids “Talk Back”

How to raise children as though they are people with minds for reasoning with and not just wills for breaking. [Read more...]

Dad Shoots Laptop

Here’s a guy who apparently never learned how to instill discipline in his daughter with love. He cannot reason with her or teach her healthy negotiation skills. He takes the natural process of teenage rebellion extremely personally. He cannot allow her the privacy to develop a self distinct from him. He cannot harness the 20 [Read More...]

How To Argue With Teens

NPR reports on interesting research on how to grow a kid’s spine and how to weaken it: Teens should be rewarded when arguing calmly and persuasively and not when they indulge in yelling, whining, threats or insults, he says. In Allen’s study, 157 13-year-olds were videotaped describing their biggest disagreement with their parents. The most [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens and Freethinking Parenting At Its Best

One of our last, and by far the most touching, videos we have of Christopher Hitchens comes from the Texas Freethought Convention this past October. Watching him with the charmingly and precociously smart little girl in the video, he is downright grandfatherly: Mason was interviewed afterward: Why did you decide it was important to ask [Read More...]

Tug Of War With A Child’s Mind

Richard Wade regularly provides wise advice to readers with issues related to socially engaging the world as an atheist.  Today he deals with a really interesting letter from an atheist struggling with his religious parents over the ability to raise his daughter as he sees fit: It’s no secret that my family is discouraged 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...]

Disambiguating Faith: Faith As Deliberate Commitment To Rationalization

In a previous post, I discussed how theist Rod Dreher was led to some introspection and cultural criticism based on reading he was doing  about the pervasiveness of distortive rationalizations in our thinking.  In that context, he tried to compare religious and atheistic rationalizations as similar in kind, as both kinds of faiths.  In that [Read More...]

His Mom Doesn’t Take The Atheism News Well

Poor kid. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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