Category Archives: Critical Thinking

Christianity and the pressure to believe

by Lisa Morguess My ten-year old son, Joey, announced to me a while back that he is atheist.  When he said that, it made me a little uncomfortable.  For some reason, it feels a little different to me to hear … Continue reading

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Inoculating Children Against Supernaturalism

by Kevin Zimmerman Protecting our children from religion and its symptoms—such as dichotomous thinking, the externalization of blame, and perpetual guilt—may be one of the greatest gifts that we can bestow. Some freethinking parents feel uneasy sharing their skepticism of … Continue reading

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Gift Books for Secular Families

by Mindy Rhiger Thanksgiving is over, and the holiday season has officially begun.  In another week or so, we will put up our Christmas tree, and I’ve already started thinking about gifts for my friends and family.  To be honest, … Continue reading

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Books for the budding skeptic

by Mindy Rhiger Being a skeptic isn’t that different from being a librarian. Honestly, much of my graduate school experience in my library classes was a skeptic’s dream come true. Librarians-in-training learn how to research and evaluate information in preparation … Continue reading

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Ten Books for Secular and Progressive Families

by Bridget McKinney Reading is my own favorite pastime, and as my daughter grows it’s important to me to instill that same value in her. It’s also important for me to instill other values (chiefly skepticism, honesty, and open-mindedness) in … Continue reading

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“Black people are not nice”

by Sylvia Benner, CFI-Portland …was the confident pronouncement by my then 6 year old son some time around 2002. I opened my mouth to respond – and then shut it. What I had been about to do was to indoctrinate. … Continue reading

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