Dale McGowan

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
See You at The Lucky Ones Podcast
Dale McGowan | December 11, 2019
The Lucky Ones podcast resumes its death-obsessed philosophical travelogue in January......
First Hallucinations
Dale McGowan | May 17, 2019
Episode 6 of The Lucky Ones podcast Text excerpt I continued reveling in the silence of......
5: The Diarist
Dale McGowan | April 09, 2019
Podcast excerpt Twenty-first century London sprawls over a thousand square miles of......
4: The Bloody Bones of London
Dale McGowan | March 28, 2019
Episode excerpt An escape hatch runs through the heart of the city. Once inside London......
Podcast Ch 3: The Middle Distance
Dale McGowan | March 20, 2019
  Episode excerpt The photo of the gazing hiker had a paragraph with it, though I......
Podcast Ch 2: Your Flimsy Little Beef Balloon
Dale McGowan | February 07, 2019
In the center of your chest is a pump made of meat. Then it gets worse....
As I flew toward the 100-foot drop-off, I realized I was going to die. The only question......
Why Aren't You a Trump Supporter?
Dale McGowan | December 19, 2018
You have your answer ready. Now for the next question....
Help scale up the impact of compassionate humanism in 2019!...
The Lucky Ones - The Podcast?
Dale McGowan | November 27, 2018
Would you listen to a podcast about an aging atheist's complicated relationship with......