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Dale McGowan
Director of Growth and Engagement

Dale McGowan has written several books from the nonreligious perspective, including Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. His book In Faith and In Doubt is the first to focus on marriages between religious believers and nonbelievers.

After 15 years as a college professor, Dale became a nonreligious parent educator and was named Harvard Humanist of the Year in 2008. He founded Foundation Beyond Belief, the world's largest humanist philanthropy, and served as Executive Director from 2009 to 2015. He is currently Director of Growth and Engagement at Patheos.

Dale holds a BA in physical anthropology from UC Berkeley and a PhD in music composition from the University of Minnesota. He lives with his family near Atlanta.

Recent Articles

Born This Way?
In a very real way, we are born in the Stone Age. Childhood is a period during which we are brought — by parenting, experience, and education — into the modern world. Or not.

Evolution for Breakfast
My kids learned about evolution from chewable vitamins, pink deer, and samurai crabs.

No Virginia...and the World is Still Wonderful
"Please tell me the truth," says a little girl. Then the editor not only lies, but tells her that the world would be intolerable if this thing he knows to be false were false. And the world coos with delight.

The Big Reveal: Telling Your Religious Partner You're an Atheist
By the end, I was relieved, we knew each other better, she had articulated her own beliefs in a way that was new even to her...and the biggest secret I had was out in the open.

Works by Dale McGowan
First Hallucinations
Dale McGowan | May 17, 2019
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5: The Diarist
Dale McGowan | April 09, 2019
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4: The Bloody Bones of London
Dale McGowan | March 28, 2019
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Podcast Ch 3: The Middle Distance
Dale McGowan | March 20, 2019
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Podcast Ch 2: Your Flimsy Little Beef Balloon
Dale McGowan | February 07, 2019
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Why Aren't You a Trump Supporter?
Dale McGowan | December 19, 2018
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The Lucky Ones - The Podcast?
Dale McGowan | November 27, 2018
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The Cruel Arithmetic of a Highland Graveyard
Dale McGowan | August 10, 2018
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The Emperor's New Bones
Dale McGowan | June 19, 2018
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Snuffed Like a Buddha
Dale McGowan | June 11, 2018
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The Long Exhale
Dale McGowan | May 03, 2018
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I Want to Die Like a Dog
Dale McGowan | April 04, 2018
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Dead People Are People Too
Dale McGowan | March 12, 2018
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When Death Becomes "Death"
Dale McGowan | February 21, 2018
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The Dead American Becomes a Wookuh
Dale McGowan | February 16, 2018
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The Dying of the Light
Dale McGowan | February 14, 2018
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The End of the Most Feared Thing of All
Dale McGowan | February 12, 2018
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Shackleton and the Death of Whining
Dale McGowan | February 10, 2018
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Technical Difficulties
Dale McGowan | February 09, 2018
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You Must Be This Tall to Climb Cauldron Snout
Dale McGowan | February 08, 2018
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My Kingdom for Some Damn Friction
Dale McGowan | February 06, 2018
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Albert Cradock Gibson Loved This Place
Dale McGowan | February 04, 2018
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Ignore Keats. Unweave That Rainbow.
Dale McGowan | February 02, 2018
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You Are a Slow Waterfall of Atoms
Dale McGowan | January 31, 2018
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The Casual Reaper
Dale McGowan | January 29, 2018
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For the Love of a Murderous Bridge
Dale McGowan | January 25, 2018
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The Boy Who Hated Paradise
Dale McGowan | January 22, 2018
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A Mighty Wind
Dale McGowan | January 20, 2018
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No, My Dead Husband is Not "In the Next Room"
Dale McGowan | January 16, 2018
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Killing Prometheus
Dale McGowan | January 14, 2018
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The Treachery of the Soup Nazis
Dale McGowan | January 08, 2018
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Dinnae Feck Wi' Glasgie Toon
Dale McGowan | December 28, 2017
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I Want To Die
Dale McGowan | December 16, 2017
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Breaking the Butterfly's Leg
Dale McGowan | December 09, 2017
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A Slow Death on Rannoch Moor
Dale McGowan | November 24, 2017
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The Death of a Useful Monster
Dale McGowan | October 26, 2017
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88 Seconds I Just Can't Survive
Dale McGowan | October 24, 2017
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Where the Ground Can Swallow You Whole
Dale McGowan | October 14, 2017
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"All Pleasures Should Be Tainted By That Knowledge"
Dale McGowan | October 08, 2017
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Urgent Message from Aging Colon
Dale McGowan | October 07, 2017
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Against Real-Thingism
Dale McGowan | October 01, 2017
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Nasty Statues, British Edition
Dale McGowan | August 28, 2017
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Hitler the Cheating Penguin
Dale McGowan | August 17, 2017
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The Art of Self Confusion
Dale McGowan | August 08, 2017
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The Fourth Thing Cows Hate
Dale McGowan | July 30, 2017
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Flaming Udders of Death
Dale McGowan | July 27, 2017
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Will I Rage Against the Dying of the Light?
Dale McGowan | July 12, 2017
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Montaigne Forgets to Believe in Heaven
Dale McGowan | July 09, 2017
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When Life Hangs at the Tip of Your Lips
Dale McGowan | July 03, 2017
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Somehow Nonsense But I No Cry Anymore
Dale McGowan | May 21, 2017
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Grandma Opts Out of the System
Dale McGowan | May 11, 2017
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The Belly Button of the World
Dale McGowan | May 07, 2017
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The Tragedy of the One
Dale McGowan | May 04, 2017
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The Pipe and the Predicament
Dale McGowan | April 30, 2017
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Inspired By True Events
Dale McGowan | April 27, 2017
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The Busy, Busy Editors of Reality
Dale McGowan | April 23, 2017
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He Lived, He Had Two Good Stools, He Died
Dale McGowan | April 15, 2017
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Your Flimsy Little Beef Balloon
Dale McGowan | April 13, 2017
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The (Dead) Elephant in Every Room
Dale McGowan | April 09, 2017
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There Is No Normal
Dale McGowan | March 10, 2017
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Welcome to Patheos Nonreligious
Dale McGowan | December 15, 2016
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Foundation Beyond Belief Needs Your Help!
Dale McGowan | December 14, 2016
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Are Evangelicals Certainty Addicts?
Dale McGowan | November 08, 2016
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Patheos Atheists Tweet the Third Debate
Dale McGowan | October 19, 2016
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5 Things Few (If Any) Atheists Believe
Dale McGowan | August 30, 2016
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What *Really* Made Me an Atheist?
Dale McGowan | August 23, 2016
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Humanism and “The Other”
Dale McGowan | August 05, 2016
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16 Nonbelievers in Damned Surprising Places
Dale McGowan | June 28, 2016
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My Last, Desperate Act of Satire
Dale McGowan | March 27, 2016
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When Saints Go Missing, Do They Make a Sound?
Dale McGowan | March 21, 2016
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What if she comes anyway?
Dale McGowan | March 01, 2016
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Dropping the Mic on God: 9th Century Edition
Dale McGowan | February 25, 2016
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Hiding Darwin's Disbelief
Dale McGowan | February 22, 2016
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The Dulling of Darwin
Dale McGowan | February 22, 2016
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Distorting Darwin
Dale McGowan | February 22, 2016
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Contradicting the Universe
Dale McGowan | February 12, 2016
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Born This Way?
Dale McGowan | January 29, 2016
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Evolution for Breakfast
Dale McGowan | January 22, 2016
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The Passion of the Frost
Dale McGowan | December 05, 2015
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No, Virginia...and the World is Still Wonderful
Dale McGowan | November 30, 2015
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Santa Claus - The Ultimate Dry Run
Dale McGowan | November 27, 2015
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OBEY: The Heart of Conservative Christian Parenting
Dale McGowan | November 24, 2015
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The Lazy Atheist
Dale McGowan | November 18, 2015
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"How Was Christ made? I'm going to tell you..."
Dale McGowan | November 17, 2015
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A Doubter in the Inquisitor's Chair
Dale McGowan | November 16, 2015
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The Catholic Atheists of Québec
Dale McGowan | November 13, 2015
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8 Red Flags in the Secular/Religious Marriage
Dale McGowan | November 04, 2015
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Useful Monsters and the Problem of Fear
Dale McGowan | October 28, 2015
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Getting My Own Story Straight
Dale McGowan | October 22, 2015
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In China, 'Heaven' Doesn't Mean What You Think
Dale McGowan | October 19, 2015
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Why Atheism Is a Bad Time-Traveler
Dale McGowan | October 18, 2015
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The Pantheists: Nature is God
Dale McGowan | October 14, 2015
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Deists: Believers in a different kind of creator
Dale McGowan | October 09, 2015
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The Southern Baptist Cafeteria
Dale McGowan | October 08, 2015
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Catching the rainbow
Dale McGowan | October 06, 2015
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Anti-Theists and Diplomats: The Roundtable
Dale McGowan | June 30, 2015
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Listening to the Atheist Diplomats
Dale McGowan | June 11, 2015
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Listening to the Anti-Theists
Dale McGowan | June 10, 2015
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Breaking out of the silo
Dale McGowan | January 27, 2015
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Silos
Dale McGowan | January 25, 2015
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A tale of two fingers
Dale McGowan | January 24, 2015
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Can You Hear Me Now?
Dale McGowan | January 23, 2015
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The invisible secular humanists
Dale McGowan | November 05, 2014
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Raising (Actual) Freethinkers
Dale McGowan | October 29, 2014
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The receiverless prayer
Dale McGowan | October 09, 2014
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Sam Harris, Meet the Secular Support Movement
Dale McGowan | September 27, 2014
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Seeing the Spectrum: Six types of atheists
Dale McGowan | September 26, 2014
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Getting the focus right for nonbelief
Dale McGowan | September 10, 2014
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The invisible atheists
Dale McGowan | September 05, 2014
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Welcome to the Spectrum!
Dale McGowan | September 03, 2014
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In Faith and In Doubt: Read an Excerpt
Dale McGowan | August 16, 2014
"In Faith and In Doubt"... tells the stories of real couples who have succeeded as well......
In Faith and In Doubt: About the Book and Author
Dale McGowan | August 16, 2014
Award-winning author and noted secular humanist Dale McGowan offers a survival guide for......
Ten Best Practices for Mixed-Belief Marriages
Dale McGowan | August 16, 2014
The secular/religious marriage is not the marriage of the Holy Bible and The God......
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