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Disparate Destinations, Parallel Paths: An Analysis Of Contemporary Atheist And Christian Parenting Literature

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In short, both Christian and atheist parenting approaches are enthusiastically committed to instilling in their children a deep appreciation of honesty, consideration of others, and honest living. This chapter shows that emerging leaders within the atheist movement generally are highly critical of the ridicule and abuse of religion exerted by the new atheists specifically. According to Penny Edgell in the Public Agenda poll, in a presidential election, Americans are more likely to vote for a homosexual or Muslim than an atheist. George Barna began his research into parenting by reviewing the wealth of existing popular parenting literature. If Dawkins and Hitchens call attention to the epistemological failings, ignorance, and dangers of religion, McGowan recommends that atheists appreciate principles of democratic pluralism and empathize with believers. The chapter has argues that negative attitudes grounded in religious sentiment towards atheists in the United States are almost entirely unfounded.

Keywords: Christian parenting literature; contemporary atheist; McGowan



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