Atheist Communities Growing

There was a nice article yesterday about atheist communities in the Christian Science Monitor by G. Jeffrey Macdonald. There’s nothing in it particularly newsworthy to atheists who read the blogs, but there are some decent quotations and some news for people outside the movement: The ranks of nonbelievers are on the rise, research suggests, and [Read More...]

Ask Richard: Disagreeing About Future Children and Prayer

”Disbelieving on a Deadline” wrote a long and detailed letter about his relationship with his girlfriend. I have edited it to distill it down to the essential issues of their relationship. To summarize their background: They are both scientists, currently finishing their PhDs at the same university. He has a few months to go, and [Read More...]

How Can Atheists Influence Kids Without Indoctrination?

Many atheists I know grew up practicing the religion of their parents. It’s a typical method of indoctrination. Your parents believe something (i.e. Jesus) and they want you to believe it. Of course, religious parents want their kids to think on their own as well. They don’t see themselves as “indoctrinating” their kids. But they [Read More...]

Why Does Religious Literacy Matter in Secular Families?

Even if you’re raising your kids without religion, you may have wondered whether or not you should teach your kids about religion. Is it worth filling their heads with mythology when we know there’s no truth behind it? Dale McGowan, author of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers, suggests four reasons why you should teach [Read More...]

Scientific Mix Tape for Kids

Junior Skeptic (an insert in each issue of Skeptic magazine) offers a science-friendly playlist for children. You can read a description of every song and artist, download every song for free, and parents can check out any advisories (e.g. mild criticism of Darwin’s contemporary opponents, including religious thinkers). Even if you’re not a kid, there [Read More...]


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