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Raising Freethinkers

Raising Freethinkers Book
Author : Dale McGowan,Molleen Matsumura,Amanda Metskas
Publisher : AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn
Release : 2009
ISBN : 0814410960
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

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 Book
Author : Dale Mcgowan
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2016-12-06
ISBN : 9780814437414
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Practicing Atheism

Practicing Atheism Book
Author : Hannah K. Scheidt
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2021-06-16
ISBN : 0197536964
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

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.

Religion and the New Atheism

Religion and the New Atheism Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : BRILL
Release : 2010-06-14
ISBN : 9004190538
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Sharing Reality

Sharing Reality Book
Author : Jeff T. Haley,Dale McGowan
Publisher : Pitchstone Publishing (US&CA)
Release : 2017-09-01
ISBN : 1634311272
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Religions are a natural outgrowth of the intuitive ways of knowing that evolved with human culture. Though many people continue to find value in religious identity and community, intuitive knowledge has been eclipsed by a more effective way of knowing—the scientific way. A better way of relating religion to politics called secularism is gradually replacing theocracy. Once you understand and accept the scientific way of knowing and this preferred relationship of church and state, you become agnostic and secular—even if you continue to identify with and participate in religion.As Jeff T. Haley and Dale McGowan argue in this volume, this isn't some abstract dream—it's happening right now. Religions are in a continuous state of evolution, changing beliefs, values, and practices over time. All religions, including Christianity and Islam, can evolve to accept the scientific way of knowing and secularism, becoming agnostic and even atheistic without losing their essential value. Haley and McGowan explain how you can help this natural process, sharing reality with your friends and family in a way that encourages religions to embrace the best of humanity's knowledge and values.

American Examples

American Examples Book
Author : Michael J. Altman
Publisher : University of Alabama Press
Release : 2021-11-16
ISBN : 0817360298
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

The Parasite Stress Theory of Values and Sociality

The Parasite Stress Theory of Values and Sociality Book
Author : Randy Thornhill,Corey L. Fincher
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2014-07-17
ISBN : 3319080407
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book develops and tests an ecological and evolutionary theory of the causes of human values—the core beliefs that guide people’s cognition and behavior—and their variation across time and space around the world. We call this theory the parasite-stress theory of values or the parasite-stress theory of sociality. The evidence we present in our book indicates that both a wide span of human affairs and major aspects of human cultural diversity can be understood in light of variable parasite (infectious disease) stress and the range of value systems evoked by variable parasite stress. The same evidence supports the hypothesis that people have psychological adaptations that function to adopt values dependent upon local infectious-disease adversity. The authors have identified key variables, variation in infectious disease adversity and in the core values it evokes, for understanding these topics and in novel and encompassing ways. Although the human species is the focus in the book, evidence presented in the book shows that the parasite-stress theory of sociality informs other topics in ecology and evolutionary biology such as variable family organization and speciation processes and biological diversity in general in non-human animals.

Voices of Unbelief Documents from Atheists and Agnostics

Voices of Unbelief  Documents from Atheists and Agnostics Book
Author : Dale McGowan
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release : 2012-09-07
ISBN : 1598849794
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book spotlights individual expressions of atheist, agnostic, and secular humanist opinion—both public and private—to shed light on the phenomenon of religious disbelief throughout history and across cultures. • Documents include book and diary excerpts, letters, blogs, and video and radio scripts, bringing historical settings and individual lives into focus • A chronology helps place the writings and writers in history and in relation to each other

Atheism and Agnosticism Exploring the Issues

Atheism and Agnosticism  Exploring the Issues Book
Author : Peter A. Huff
Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Release : 2021-08-31
ISBN : 1440870837
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This is the age of atheism and agnosticism. The number of people living without religious belief and practice is quickly and dramatically rising. Some experts call nonreligion, after Christianity and Islam, the third largest "religion" in the world today. Understanding the origins, history, variations, and impact of atheism and agnosticism is crucial to getting a grasp of the meaning of the present and gaining a glimpse of the future. Exploring some of the most extraordinary people, events, and ideas of all time, this book provides a fair, comprehensive, and engaging survey of all aspects of contemporary atheism and agnosticism. An overview essay discusses the background and social and political contexts of unbelief, while a timeline highlights key events. Some 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries follow, with each providing fundamental, objective information about particular topics along with cross-references and suggestions for further reading. The volume closes with an annotated bibliography of the most important resources on atheism and agnosticism.

The Atheist Who Didn t Exist

The Atheist Who Didn t Exist Book
Author : Andy Bannister
Publisher : Monarch Books
Release : 2015-07-17
ISBN : 0857216112
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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In the last decade, atheism has leapt from obscurity to the front pages: producing best-selling books, making movies, and plastering adverts on the side of buses. There's an energy and a confidence to contemporary atheism: many people now assume that a godless scepticism is the default position, indeed the only position for anybody wishing to appear educated, contemporary, and urbane. Atheism is hip, religion is boring. Yet when one pokes at popular atheism, many of the arguments used to prop it up quickly unravel. The Atheist Who Didn't Exist is designed to expose some of the loose threads on the cardigan of atheism, tug a little, and see what happens. Blending humour with serious thought, Andy Bannister helps the reader question everything, assume nothing and, above all, recognise lazy scepticism and bad arguments. Be an atheist by all means: but do be a thought-through one.

Seven Sacraments for Everyone

Seven Sacraments for Everyone Book
Author : Dale F. Coye
Publisher : FriesenPress
Release : 2014-03-31
ISBN : 1460231562
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Millions of Christians are abandoning their churches to become spiritual seekers, but now find themselves adrift. Without the church what do we believe in? Where do we look for the Sacred in our lives? The seed of an answer can be found in the Roman Catholic sacraments, but with a shift in focus from rites and rituals to human experience. It’s not baptism, it’s the birth of a child that is holy. It’s not the wedding ceremony, it’s the sublime oneness we feel in the arms of our best-beloved that lifts us into the realm of the Divine. Seven Sacraments for Everyone maps the roads that lead to these out-of-this-world experiences and into the heartland of the Sacred. By acknowledging these moments of Mystery and teaching our children to respect them, we will find the clues to a universal moral code on which to build a healthier, more meaningful world.

The New Global Student

The New Global Student Book
Author : Maya Frost
Publisher : Harmony
Release : 2009-05-19
ISBN : 0307450902
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Good-bye, Old School. Hello, Bold School! In 2005, Maya Frost and her husband sold everything and left their suburban American lifestyle behind in order to have an adventure abroad. The tricky part: they had to shepherd their four teenage daughters through high school and into college. This hilarious and conspiratorial how-to handbook describes the affordable, accessible, and stunningly advantageous options they stumbled upon that any American student can leverage to get an outrageously relevant global education. Ready to ditch the drama of the traditional hypercompetitive SAT/AP/GPA path? Meet the bold American students who are catapulting into the global economy at twenty with a red-hot college diploma, sizzling 21st-century skills, a blazing sense of direction–and no debt. You’ll discover: • the one thing preventing your student from blasting forward • why Advanced Placement isn’t so advanced • why international programs fail to provide a truly global education • the most critical time for your student to study abroad • the best exchange program in the world ($3,000 or less per year) • the strategic way to fast-forward through high school • how to maximize a family sabbatical • how to live the life of your dreams abroad–and save thousands for college Packed with myth-busting facts, laughable loopholes, insider insights, astonishing success stories, and poignant tales from the Frost daughters themselves, this inspiring romp is guaranteed to get you cheering.

Atheist Mind Humanist Heart

Atheist Mind  Humanist Heart Book
Author : Lex Bayer,John Figdor
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2014-09-26
ISBN : 1442236809
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book shows that atheism need not only be reactionary (against religion and God), but rather provides a clear set of constructive principles to live by that establish atheism as a positive worldview. The book encourages and guides the reader through the process of formulating his or her own set of personal beliefs.

Atheism For Dummies

Atheism For Dummies Book
Author : Dale McGowan
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2013-03-18
ISBN : 111850920X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

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.

The Proceedings and Addresses at the Freethinkers Convention Held at Watkins N Y August 22d 23d 24th and 25th 78

The Proceedings and Addresses at the Freethinkers  Convention Held at Watkins  N  Y   August 22d  23d  24th  and 25th   78 Book
Author : New York Freethinker's Association
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1878
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download The Proceedings and Addresses at the Freethinkers Convention Held at Watkins N Y August 22d 23d 24th and 25th 78 book written by New York Freethinker's Association, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Freethinkers of Medieval Islam

Freethinkers of Medieval Islam Book
Author : Sarah Stroumsa
Publisher : BRILL
Release : 1999-01-01
ISBN : 9789004113749
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book studies the phenomenon of freethinking in medieval Islam, as exemplified in the figures of Ibn al-R wand and Ab Bakr al-R z . It reconstructs their thought and analyzes the relations of the phenomenon to Islamic prophetology and its repercussions in Islamic thought.

Half hours with the freethinkers ed by J Watts Iconoclast and A Collins

Half hours with the freethinkers  ed  by J  Watts   Iconoclast   and A  Collins Book
Author : John Watts
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1857
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Download Half hours with the freethinkers ed by J Watts Iconoclast and A Collins book written by John Watts, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations

A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations Book
Author : Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1889
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations book written by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Good Thunder

Good Thunder Book
Author : Dale McGowan
Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
Release : 2010-05-28
ISBN : 1450073352
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Three days have passed since everything at the College of St. Bernadette took a nosedive. (Ooh, bad choice of words.) Those left behind are struggling to make sense of the strange events of that night in their own ways. As they prepare for the funeral of the strangest victim of all, it suddenly becomes clear that something has been lost...and found.