Dale McGowan

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DALE McGOWAN, Ph.D., is a committed atheist, a devoted husband and father, and a recognized expert on raising caring, ethical children without religion. He is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, a collection of essays by and for loving, thoughtful nonreligious parents hailed by Newsweek as “a compelling read,” and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resource addressing the unique challenges secular parents face. He teaches workshops to nonreligious parents throughout the United States and Canada and was named a Harvard Humanist of the Year. Dale also founded the nonprofit Foundation Beyond Belief, a charitable organization dedicated to encouraging and demonstrating acts of humanist generosity.

At age 28, Dale married his true lo
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If it wasn’t obvious from the year of radio silence, the Meming of Life is a thing of the past. There are still about 700 posts below this one, but it’s time to stop pretending I will ever Duggar up more siblings for them.


The first post was in March 2007, just ten months after I quit my day job teaching college in Minnesota. I had nothing but time and a book to promote. I sat around Googling th...

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Atheism for Dummies

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In Faith and in Doubt: How ...

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Calling Bernadette's Bluff

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Good Thunder

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“Spirituality is about being awake. It’s the attempt to transcend the mundane, sleepwalking experience of life we all fall into, to tap into the wonder of being a conscious and grateful thing in the midst of an astonishing universe. It doesn’t require religion. Religion can, in fact, and often does, blunt our awareness by substituting false (and dare I say inferior) wonders for real ones. It’s a fine joke on ourselves that most of what we call spirituality is actually about putting ourselves to sleep.”
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“That churchgoers do the lion's share of the charitable work in our communities is simply untrue. They get credit for it because they do a better job of tying the good works they do to their creed. But according to a 1998 study, 82% of volunteerism by churchgoers falls under the rubric of "church maintenance" activities -- volunteerism entirely within, and for the benefit of, the church building and immediate church community. As a result of this siphoning of volunteer energy into the care and feeding of churches themselves, most of the volunteering that happens out in the larger community -- from AIDS hospices to food shelves to international aid workers to those feeding the hungry and housing the homeless and caring for the elderly -- comes from the category of "unchurched" volunteers.”
Dale McGowan, Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Ethical, Caring Kids Without Religion

“It was like finding a long-lost brother who farts in the same key.”
Dale McGowan, Calling Bernadette's Bluff
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