The blogger questioned referring to religious stories as “myths,” which the book does (and many non-believing parents do as well). She puts forth some compelling arguments–most notably to me is the idea that there are no atheist children and we want our kids to feel comfortable exploring different beliefs to come to their own conclusions. Allowing my daughter to decide for herself is among my strongest values–and the most complex.
Of course, Dawkins isn’t the first to talk about religion like this. I blogged about The Story of Religion by Betsy Maestro in a post about religious literacy for secular families, and one of the things I liked about it was its somewhat understated way of saying that religions evolved for a reason, that people made up these stories to find meaning. It never claims that any of these stories came from a supernatural source, but it does consistently remind readers that people believe these stories, which I think is a good point to keep in mind.
I try to keep that in mind as I write these Secular Thursday posts because I don’t want to alienate any reader. I started the “Book for Secular Families” series because there really wasn’t anything like it out there, and that’s what librarians do–we look for people who aren’t being served and we try to help them. I’ve spent my career immersed in children’s books, and, more than anything, I want to empower people find books that help them explore and explain their world. I hope I’ve helped you–no matter what you believe! :)
With that in mind, please feel free to download and share this bibliography for your next trip to the library.
See more posts about science, religion, and secular family life on my Secular Thursday page.
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