About the Book

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.

Dan Arel is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes full time for Danthropology, his blog on the Patheos Network, and whose work has appeared in Time, Salon, AlterNet, the Huffington Post, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science website, American Atheist magazine, and many other outlets.

About the Author

Parenting Without God is not just about the absence of religion—it’s about the glorious space that opens up for secular parents and their lucky kids once the clutter and smoke of religion is gone. Dan Arel’s voice is clear, smart, and a welcome addition to the growing chorus of parents taking the hands of their children and running at full speed into the real world.”

—Dale McGowan, editor of Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers


ISBN: 9781634310444 (paperback)

SRP: $14.95 (paperback)

Page count: 184 pages

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5

Pub date: September 1, 2015

Ebook availability: Yes

Audiobook availability: Yes

“Dan Arel deftly navigates the child-rearing minefield, revealing the importance and beauty of education over indoctrination, and placing yet another exclamation point on why the next generation should be given the tools and encouragement to discover the world honestly, enthusiastically, and without fear.”

Seth Andrews, host of the Thinking Atheist and author of Deconverted

“As any parent will tell you, the number of resources available to the faithful is staggering. They include books, daycare, religious education, and ways to celebrate rites of passage. Atheists with children are usually left to fend for themselves, but Dan Arel has contributed a fine volume to the growing library of secular parenting resources. His casual yet in-depth approach to the struggles nonreligious parents face reminds us that religious rituals can indeed be replaced.”

Hemant Mehta, editor of FriendlyAtheist.com

“Dan Arel is the atheist dad I never had, with a thoughtful, passionate, and accessible approach to today’s important social issues. Parenting Without God is an indispensable guide for navigating all the unique challenges that face secular parents.”

David Fitzgerald, author of Nailed and The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion

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