An Atheist Dad Left His Kids with a Relative… Who Used the Opportunity to Proselytize. What Should He Do?

I received a message from an atheist father the other day.

His sister-in-law wanted to spend some quality time with his two daughters by taking them out for ice cream — why would he say no to that? So the girls went with their aunt. When they arrived, the aunt’s pastor was waiting for them…

The father explained the situation in this image:

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Your Child’s Going to Hear About Hell Anyway, So Should You Be the First to Bring It Up?

Wendy Thomas Russell, who joined us on the podcast recently, is the author of a new book called Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious (Brown Paper Press, 2015):

In the excerpt below, Russell discusses whether you should discuss Hell with your child:

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Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 47: Wendy Thomas Russell, Author of Relax, It’s Just God

Our latest podcast guest is Wendy Thomas Russell, author of a new book called Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious.

Wendy began her career as a journalist who spent years covering criminal justice. In 2008, she began writing books for and about children, including three books for the Girl Scouts. In 2011, her focus shifted to secular parenting. She now blogs on Patheos at Natural Wonderers and her new book, Relax, It’s Just God, will be released next week.

We spoke with Wendy about whether or not it makes sense to raise your child as an atheist, why the “sex talk” is easier than the “God talk,” and what she learned from the authors of other books about atheist parenting.

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Parenting Without God Isn’t Just a Good Option It’s Increasingly Looking Like the Better One

Last month, an op-ed about secular parenting by Phil Zuckerman, author and Pitzer College professor of Sociology and Secular Studies, was published in the LA Times. In the piece, Zuckerman discusses his own and other researchers’ work, in measuring the success, or lack thereof, of raising kids to be “good without God.”

And the results seem to indicate the secular community is doing as good a job, and in some measures possibly a better job, than their peers.

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“The Belief Book” Teaches Children About Religion from an Atheist Perspective

Any atheist parents out there may want to check out this new children’s book about religion written by David G McAfee and Chuck Harrison (who is also the illustrator). It’s called The Belief Book (with the emphasis on “lie”) and it walks children through what religion is and why people believe in it:

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