Dale McGowan


Parenting Beyond Belief · Atlanta, Georgia

Dale McGowan double-majored in music and evolutionary anthropology at UC Berkeley and taught interdisciplinary courses centered on writing and critical thinking at the college level, as well as music theory and music history.

As a writer, Dale has variously focused on science, parenting, and the interface between religious belief and unbelief. His books include Sharing Reality: How to Bring Secularism and Science to an Evolving Religious World (with Jeff Haley, 2017) Parenting Beyond Belief (2007, 2nd ed. 2016), Raising Freethinkers (2009), Voices of Unbelief (2012), Atheism For Dummies (2013), In Faith and in Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families (2014), and the satirical novels Calling Bernadette’s Bluff and Good Thunder. 

In 2009, he founded the humanist nonprofit Foundation Beyond Belief. Under his leadership, FBB became the world’s largest humanist charity, raising over $2 million for philanthropic projects worldwide, launching a network of more than 100 humanist volunteer teams in the U.S., and creating groundbreaking disaster recovery and international service programs for the nonreligious community.

Dale was named Harvard Humanist of the Year in 2008 and FBB’s Humanist Visionary in 2015.

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Topics: Atheism & Secularism, Humanism
Subtopics: Atheist/secular movement, Critical thinking, Evolution, Evolutionary psychology, History of atheism/secularism, Music

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