Big Questions for Little Skeptics

I’d seen Kingfisher’s Really, Really Big Questions books around, but I hadn’t paid much attention to them until I saw that the newest one in the series, which came out in October 2011, took on God.  More specifically, Really, Really Big Questions about God, Faith, and Religion takes a skeptical look at God for kids (grades 3-6 or so).

The question and answer format doesn’t provide too many answers.  Much like, DK’s What do You Believe? (which I talked about in this post) the point seems to be to encourage more questions and critical thinking, which I love.  The book is definitely oriented to scientific answers over supernatural (as are the other two in the series about philosophy and space), but it also cautions readers to be respectful (“Respect involves accepting that no one knows for sure what the truth about God and religion is.” italics theirs) of people and their beliefs even when disagreeing (“The best criticism is not rude, but polite and helpful–the way your teacher might comment on your homework or a sports coach might assess his or her players.”).

I highly recommend this series to any family looking to open a skeptical discussion about religion.

Want to read more about skepticism? See my Secular Thursday page for all my posts in the Books for Secular Families series.

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3 thoughts on “Big Questions for Little Skeptics

  1. Sounds good to me. Our daughter is in 3rd grade and we’ve been bad about teaching her about religion. I’ve read Dale McGowan books and I know we should be doing more about religious literacy, but, well, we just haven’t. This might be good to have laying around the house to spark some discussion.

    • My husband and I are fairly newly de-converted, so we still talk about religion an awful lot. I imagine our daughter will be sick of hearing about it before she’s even old enough for a book like this.

  2. Pingback: Searching for Magic with Richard Dawkins « Proper Noun Blog

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