Raising Freethinkers

Raising Freethinkers
Author: Dale McGowan,Molleen Matsumura,Amanda Metskas
Publsiher: Amacom Books
Total Pages: 269
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 0814410960
ISBN 13: 9780814410967
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Raising Freethinkers Book Review:

Collects guidelines and advice for secular parenting, providing tips and strategies for addressing such issues as death, sexuality, morality, and religion while encouraging children to think for themselves.

Parenting Beyond Belief

Parenting Beyond Belief
Author: Dale Mcgowan
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-12-06
ISBN 10: 9780814437414
ISBN 13: 0814437419
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Parenting Beyond Belief Book Review:

Why am I here? What happens after we die? These are some of the hardest questions a child can ask—and even harder for parents to answer, especially if you’ve chosen to raise your child without religion. Gathering the perspectives of educators and psychologists, as well as wisdom from everyday parents, Parenting Beyond Beliefoffers insights and advice on a wide range of topics including: Instilling values • Finding meaning and purpose • Navigating holidays • Coping with loss • Finding community without religion…and more The second edition of this secular parenting bestseller brings back reflections from such celebrated freethinkers as Richard Dawkins and Julia Sweeney, and adds new voices including journalist Wendy Thomas Russell, essayist Katherine Ozment, sociologist Phil Zuckerman, and many others. Wise, entertaining, and deeply supportive, the book will empower parents in their quest to raise ethical, compassionate, and open-minded children—without religion.

Parenting Without God

Parenting Without God
Author: Dan Arel
Publsiher: Pitchstone Llc
Total Pages: 182
Release: 2015-09-01
ISBN 10: 9781634310444
ISBN 13: 1634310446
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Parenting Without God Book Review:

One of the very few parenting books written specifically for the 1 in 5 Americans who lack a belief in God Parenting Without God is for parents who lack belief in a god and who are seeking guidance on raising freethinkers in a Christian-dominated nation. It will help parents give their children the tools to stand up to attempts at religious proselytization, whether by teachers, coaches, friends, or even other family members. It also offers advice on teaching children to question what others tell them and to reach their own conclusions based on evidence and reason. Above all, the book argues that parents should lead by example—both by speaking candidly about the importance of secularism and by living an openly secular life.

Freethinkers

Freethinkers
Author: Susan Jacoby
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2005-01-07
ISBN 10: 1429934751
ISBN 13: 9781429934756
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Freethinkers Book Review:

An authoritative history of the vital role of secularist thinkers and activists in the United States, from a writer of "fierce intelligence and nimble, unfettered imagination" (The New York Times) At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first government in the world founded not on the authority of religion but on the bedrock of human reason. In impassioned, elegant prose, celebrated author Susan Jacoby paints a striking portrait of more than two hundred years of secularist activism, beginning with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the Constitution. Moving from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism through the twentieth century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist movements, Freethinkers illuminates the neglected accomplishments of secularists who, allied with liberal and tolerant religious believers, have stood at the forefront of the battle for reforms opposed by reactionary forces in the past and today. Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Clarence Darrow—as well as once-famous secularists such as Robert Green Ingersoll, "the Great Agnostic"—Freethinkers restores to history generations of dedicated humanists. It is they, Jacoby shows, who have led the struggle to uphold the combination of secular government and religious liberty that is the glory of the American system.

Atheism For Dummies

Atheism For Dummies
Author: Dale McGowan
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-03-18
ISBN 10: 111850920X
ISBN 13: 9781118509203
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheism For Dummies Book Review:

The easy way to understand atheism and secular philosophy For people seeking a non-religious philosophy of life, as well as believers with atheist friends, Atheism For Dummies offers an intelligent exploration of the historical and moral case for atheism. Often wildly misunderstood, atheism is a secular approach to life based on the understanding that reality is an arrangement of physical matter, with no consideration of unverifiable spiritual forces. Atheism For Dummies offers a brief history of atheist philosophy and its evolution, explores it as a historical and cultural movement, covers important historical writings on the subject, and discusses the nature of ethics and morality in the absence of religion. A simple, yet intelligent exploration of an often misunderstood philosophy Explores the differences between explicit and implicit atheism A comprehensive, readable, and thoroughly unbiased resource As the number of atheists worldwide continues to grow, this book offers a broad understanding of the subject for those exploring atheism as an approach to living.

American Examples

American Examples
Author: Michael J. Altman
Publsiher: University of Alabama Press
Total Pages: 191
Release: 2021-11-16
ISBN 10: 0817360298
ISBN 13: 9780817360290
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Examples Book Review:

Fresh new perspectives on the study of religion, ranging from a church-architecture mecca of Southeast Indiana to what an atheist parent believes American Examples: New Conversations about Religion, Volume One is the first in a series of annual anthologies published in partnership with the Department of Religious Studies at The University of Alabama. The American Examples initiative gathers scholars from around the world for a series of workshops designed to generate big questions about the study of religion in America. Bypassing traditional white Protestant narratives in favor of new perspectives on belief, social formation, and identity, American Examples fellows offer dynamic perspectives on American faith that challenge our understandings of both America and religion as categories. In the first volume of this exciting academic project, five topically and methodologically diverse scholars vividly reimagine the potential applications of religious history. The five chapters of this inaugural volume use case studies from America, broadly conceived, to ask larger theoretical questions that are of interest to scholars beyond the subfield of American religious history. Prea Persaud’s chapter explores the place of Hinduism among the “creole religions” of the Caribbean, while Hannah Scheidt captures what atheist parents say to each other about value systems. Travis Warren Cooper explains how the modernist church architecture of Columbus, Indiana, became central to that city’s identity. Samah Choudhury dissects how Muslim American comedians navigate Western ideas of knowledge and self to make their jokes, and their own selves legible, and Emily D. Crews uses ethnographic fieldwork to read the female reproductive body among Nigerian Pentecostal congregations. Editor Michael J. Altman also provides a brief, rich introduction assessing the state of the discipline of religious history and how the American Examples project can lead the field forward. Visit americanexamples.ua.edu for more information on the group and news about upcoming projects.

Atheists in America

Atheists in America
Author: Melanie E. Brewster
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-06-03
ISBN 10: 023153700X
ISBN 13: 9780231537001
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheists in America Book Review:

This collection features more than two dozen narratives by atheists from different backgrounds across the United States. Ranging in age, race, sexual orientation, and religious upbringing, these individuals address deconversion, community building, parenting, and romantic relationships, providing a nuanced look at living without a god in a predominantly Christian nation. These narratives illuminate the complexities and consequences for nonbelievers in the United States. Stepping away from religious belief can have serious social and existential ramifications, forcing atheists to discover new ways to live meaningfully without a religious community. Yet shedding the constraints of a formal belief system can also be a freeing experience. Ultimately, this volume shows that claiming an atheist identity is anything but an act isolated from the other dimensions of the self. Upending common social, political, and psychological assumptions about atheists, this collection helps carve out a more accepted space for this minority within American society.

Religion and the New Atheism

Religion and the New Atheism
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2010-06-14
ISBN 10: 9004190538
ISBN 13: 9789004190535
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion and the New Atheism Book Review:

This book brings together eminent and rising scholars from religious studies, science, sociology of religion, sociology of science, philosophy, and theology in order to engage the new atheism and place it in the context of broader debates in these areas.

Systematic Atheology

Systematic Atheology
Author: John R. Shook
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2017-12-01
ISBN 10: 135162637X
ISBN 13: 9781351626378
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Systematic Atheology Book Review:

Atheology is the intellectual effort to understand atheism, defend the reasonableness of unbelief, and support nonbelievers in their encounters with religion. This book presents a historical overview of the development of atheology from ancient thought to the present day. It offers in-depth examinations of four distinctive schools of atheological thought: rationalist atheology, scientific atheology, moral atheology, and civic atheology. John R. Shook shows how a familiarity with atheology’s complex histories, forms, and strategies illuminates the contentious features of today’s atheist and secularist movements, which are just as capable of contesting each other as opposing religion. The result is a book that provides a disciplined and philosophically rigorous examination of atheism’s intellectual strategies for reasoning with theology. Systematic Atheology is an important contribution to the philosophy of religion, religious studies, secular studies, and the sociology and psychology of nonreligion.

The Good Son

The Good Son
Author: Michael Gurian
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2000-08-07
ISBN 10: 1101191554
ISBN 13: 9781101191552
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Good Son Book Review:

Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Books of 1999, The Good Son is the definitive guide to the moral and emotional development of our boys and young men. Within its pages, Michael Gurian widely credited as the founder of today's "boys movement" takes readers through a complete parenting program, showing how to instill virtues in boys at each stage of life. For parents and teachers who fear that our child-rearing systems have lost much of their ethical underpinnings and that our boys are becoming emotionally closed-off, The Good Son serves as a welcome guidepost. It is one of today's premier books on parenting and male development.

Parenting without God

Parenting without God
Author: Dan Arel
Publsiher: PM Press
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2019-11-01
ISBN 10: 1629637750
ISBN 13: 9781629637754
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Parenting without God Book Review:

Children inevitably turn to their parents for more than just food and security; equally important are assurance, recognition, and interpretation of life. A child develops best in an environment where creativity and discovery are unimpeded by the artificial restrictions of blind faith and dogmatic belief.Parenting without God is for parents, and future parents, who lack belief in a god and are seeking guidance on raising freethinkers and social-justice-aware children in a nation where public dialogue has been controlled by the Christian Right. Dan Arel, activist and critically acclaimed author, has penned a magnificently practical guide to help parents provide their children with the intellectual tools for standing up to attempts at religious proselytism, whether by teachers, coaches, friends, or other family members. Parenting without God is also for the parent activist who is trying to make the world a better place for all children by first educating their own children about racism, sexism, and all forms of discrimination that serve as barriers to the fundamentals of human dignity and democracy. It’s for parents who wish for their children to question everything and to learn how to reach their own conclusions based on verifiable evidence and reason. Above all, Arel makes the penetrating argument that parents should lead by example—both by speaking candidly about the importance of secularism and by living an openly and unabashedly secular life. Parenting without God is written with humility, compassion, and understanding. Dan Arel’s writing conveys the unmistakable impression of a loving father dedicated to redefining the role of parenthood so that it also includes the vitally important task of nurturing every child’s latent impulse for freedom and autonomy. This second edition has been expanded with new material from the author.

Mamaleh Knows Best

Mamaleh Knows Best
Author: Marjorie Ingall
Publsiher: Harmony
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2016-08-30
ISBN 10: 0804141428
ISBN 13: 9780804141420
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mamaleh Knows Best Book Review:

We all know the stereotype of the Jewish mother: Hectoring, guilt-inducing, clingy as a limpet. In Mamaleh Knows Best, Tablet Magazine columnist Marjorie Ingall smashes this tired trope with a hammer. Blending personal anecdotes, humor, historical texts, and scientific research, Ingall shares Jewish secrets for raising self-sufficient, ethical, and accomplished children. She offers abundant examples showing how Jewish mothers have nurtured their children’s independence, fostered discipline, urged a healthy distrust of authority, consciously cultivated geekiness and kindness, stressed education, and maintained a sense of humor. These time-tested strategies have proven successful in a wide variety of settings and fields over the vast span of history. But you don't have to be Jewish to cultivate the same qualities in your own children. Ingall will make you think, she will make you laugh, and she will make you a better parent. You might not produce a Nobel Prize winner (or hey, you might), but you'll definitely get a great human being.

Practicing Atheism

Practicing Atheism
Author: Hannah K. Scheidt
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-06-16
ISBN 10: 0197536964
ISBN 13: 9780197536964
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Practicing Atheism Book Review:

The number of people claiming no religious affiliation has skyrocketed in recent years, and that growth shows no signs of slowing down. But while the religiously unaffiliated demonstrate a variety of attitudes toward religious belief-including, in many cases, a complete lack of interest-a prominent subset of nonbelievers has claimed the mantle of "atheism." For them, atheism has become a marker of identity and a source of community. However, atheists themselves often disagree about core ideas, values, affinities, and attitudes. Contemporary atheist culture is marked by debates over deconversion, the relationship between science and religion, and the role of authority. What exactly does it mean to be an "atheist" beyond a simple lack of belief in a higher power? Hannah K. Scheidt's Practicing Atheism: Culture, Media, and Ritual in the Contemporary Atheist Network examines the variety of cultural products, both corporate-driven and grassroots, that carry messages about atheism and its relationships to religion. Through primary source materials such as Internet communities, popular television programming, and cultural representations of the movement such as those found in atheist fan art, the book paints a portrait of a culture in unique tension with religion, and provides a unique perspective on whether or not organized atheism constitutes a belief system in itself.

In Good Faith

In Good Faith
Author: Maria Polonchek
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 206
Release: 2017-08-03
ISBN 10: 1442270675
ISBN 13: 9781442270671
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

In Good Faith Book Review:

More Americans are religiously unaffiliated than ever before, but secular parents face particular challenges raising children outside religion. This book balances a personal story with research and exploration, using nonreligious sources to cover topics traditionally answered for by religion, including morality, awe, death, meaning, and tradition.

Applied Humanism

Applied Humanism
Author: Jennifer Hancock
Publsiher: Business Expert Press
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2019-05-29
ISBN 10: 1949991431
ISBN 13: 9781949991437
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Applied Humanism Book Review:

This book provides a short introduction to the philosophy of humanism and discusses how and why it is being applied to business and why it is so effective when you do so. You can’t understand humanistic business management unless you understand what humanism is. This book provides a short introduction to the philosophy of humanism and discusses how and why it is being applied to business and why it is so effective when you do so. Humanism helps us prioritize human value as important. It supports positive interpersonal relationships and collaborative and respectful decision-making. Since all businesses are in the business of solving problems, good problem solving is essential to good business. Humanism has already transformed many other disciplines including psychology, medicine, nursing, and more. Additionally, humanism is foundational to the practice of human resources, without which businesses cannot operate. It is important for business managers to understand the philosophy fully so they can understand how to not only manage people more effectively, but how to operate their businesses in a way that helps the communities in which they operate. This book will provide the primer they need to create more effective and ethical businesses.

A Manual for Creating Atheists

A Manual for Creating Atheists
Author: Peter Boghossian
Publsiher: Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2014-07-01
ISBN 10: 1939578159
ISBN 13: 9781939578150
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Manual for Creating Atheists Book Review:

For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another. Indeed, the faithful often view converting others as an obligation of their faith—and are trained from an early age to spread their unique brand of religion. The result is a world broken in large part by unquestioned faith. As an urgently needed counter to this tried-and-true tradition of religious evangelism, A Manual for Creating Atheists offers the first-ever guide not for talking people into faith—but for talking them out of it. Peter Boghossian draws on the tools he has developed and used for more than 20 years as a philosopher and educator to teach how to engage the faithful in conversations that will help them value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their religious beliefs, mistrust their faith, abandon superstition and irrationality, and ultimately embrace reason.

Breaking Their Will

Breaking Their Will
Author: Janet Heimlich
Publsiher: Prometheus Books
Total Pages: 397
Release: 2011-06-14
ISBN 10: 1616144068
ISBN 13: 9781616144067
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Breaking Their Will Book Review:

This revealing, disturbing, and thoroughly researched book exposes a dark side of faith that most Americans do not know exists or have ignored for a long time—religious child maltreatment. After speaking with dozens of victims, perpetrators, and experts, and reviewing a myriad of court cases and studies, the author explains how religious child maltreatment happens. She then takes an in-depth look at the many forms of child maltreatment found in religious contexts, including biblically-prescribed corporal punishment and beliefs about the necessity of "breaking the wills" of children; scaring kids into faith and other types of emotional maltreatment such as spurning, isolating, and withholding love; pedophilic abuse by religious authorities and the failure of religious organizations to support the victims and punish the perpetrators; and religiously-motivated medical neglect in cases of serious health problems. In a concluding chapter, Heimlich raises questions about children’s rights and proposes changes in societal attitudes and improved legislation to protect children from harm. While fully acknowledging that religion can be a source of great comfort, strength, and inspiration to many young people, Heimlich makes a compelling case that, regardless of one’s religious or secular orientation, maltreatment of children under the cloak of religion can never be justified and should not be tolerated.

Choosing Our Religion

Choosing Our Religion
Author: Elizabeth Drescher
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 344
Release: 2016-04-01
ISBN 10: 0199341222
ISBN 13: 9780199341221
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Choosing Our Religion Book Review:

To the dismay of religious leaders, study after study has shown a steady decline in affiliation and identification with traditional religions in America. By 2014, more than twenty percent of adults identified as unaffiliated--up more than seven percent just since 2007. Even more startling, more than thirty percent of those under the age of thirty now identify as "Nones"--answering "none" when queried about their religious affiliation. Is America losing its religion? Or, as more and more Americans choose different spiritual paths, are they changing what it means to be religious in the United States today? In Choosing Our Religion, Elizabeth Drescher explores the diverse, complex spiritual lives of Nones across generations and across categories of self-identification as "Spiritual-But-Not-Religious," "Atheist," "Agnostic," "Humanist," "just Spiritual," and more. Drawing on more than one hundred interviews conducted across the United States, Drescher opens a window into the lives of a broad cross-section of Nones, diverse with respect to age, gender, race, sexual orientation, and prior religious background. She allows Nones to speak eloquently for themselves, illuminating the processes by which they became None, the sources of information and inspiration that enrich their spiritual lives, the practices they find spiritually meaningful, how prayer functions in spiritual lives not centered on doctrinal belief, how morals and values are shaped outside of institutional religions, and how Nones approach the spiritual development of their own children. These compelling stories are deeply revealing about how religion is changing in America--both for Nones and for the religiously affiliated family, friends, and neighbors with whom their lives remain intertwined.

Tending the Flame

Tending the Flame
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN 10: 1558965882
ISBN 13: 9781558965881
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Elle the Humanist

Elle the Humanist
Author: Elle Harris,Douglas Harris
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-09-21
ISBN 10: 9781734001341
ISBN 13: 1734001348
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Elle the Humanist Book Review: