"Parenting Beyond Belief" Lecture by Dale McGowan

  • September 24, 2011 · 8:15 PM
  • Baltimore Ethical Society

Parenting Beyond Belief

Description: Dale McGowan is editor and co-author of "Parenting Beyond Belief" and "Raising Freethinkers", the first comprehensive resources for nontheistic parenting. He will address the challenges and opportunities of raising children outside of traditional religion, from understanding moral development to religious literacy to talking to children about death. Dale's talk will conclude with a brief overview of Foundation Beyond Belief, the humanist charitable foundation he leads.

Suggested donation of $5. Sponsored by the Baltimore Coalition of Reason, http://www.BaltimoreCoR.org/ .

McGowan will be signing books at the BES table at the Baltimore Book Festival in the afternoon of Saturday, the 24th.

McGowan is offering a full workshop titled "Parenting Beyond Belief" Sunday morning at the Baltimore Homeschool Community Center.  Website: http://www.baltimorehomeschool.org/upcoming-events.html

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  • Emil V.

    Dale McGowan shared stories about how he talked about questions of death and the existence of God with his children. He spoke of the importance of involving relatives and extended family in the ethical development and religious education of your children. Even if your relatives are religious, it's important to involve them (if they can be trusted not to proselytize aggressively). He encouraged parents raising children outside mainstream religion to find community with like-minded parents, through parenting groups, Meetups, ethical societies, Unitarian churches, etc. He encouraged secular-minded parents not to ignore religious education, because it leaves their children vulnerable to being proselytized. It's especially important to "inoculate" your children against the doctrine of Hell or eternal damnation because that is a way to use fear to prevent critical thinking and force belief.

    September 30, 2011

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