In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families
By: Dale McGowan (author)Paperback
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Interfaith marriages fail more often than same-faith partnerships. So what are the chances of survival for the ultimate mixed marriage - one between religious and nonreligious partners? Nearly 20 percent of Americans now self-identify as nonreligious, including millions who are married to religious believers. Despite the differences, many of these marriages succeed beautifully. In this landmark book, popular author and secular humanist Dale McGowan explores some of the stories of these unions, whose very endurance flies in the face of conventional wisdom, including his own marriage to a believing Christian - a loving partnership that remains strong after three kids and 22 years. Drawing on sociology, psychology, and real-life experience, he shares: negotiation tips that set the stage for harmonious relationships; strategies for dealing with pressure from extended family; profiles of families who have successfully blended different world views; insights for helping kids make their own choices about religious identity; and advice for handling holidays, churchgoing, baptism, circumcision, religious literacy, and more.
The first book of its kind, In Faith and In Doubt helps partners navigate the complexities of their situation while celebrating the extraordinary richness it affords their relationship, their children, and those around them.
DALE MCGOWAN, PH.D., a Harvard Humanist of the Year, teaches parenting workshops, blogs extensively, and serves as Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief. He is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism For Dummies.
CONTENTS Acknowledgments IX Introduction 1 PART ONE Getting Perspective 1 The Big Picture 13 2 Meet the Believers 29 3 Meet the Nonbelievers 47 4 What Helps, and What Doesn't 61 PART TWO Meet the Mix 5 The Turning Points That Make It Work-Tom and Danielle 69 6 Bridging Multiple Gaps-Scott and Dhanya 77 7 An Earthquake in the Center of a Marriage-Hope and David 83 8 The Difference a Child Makes-Arlene and Nate 91 9 Finding a Meeting Place-Evan and Cate 97 10 A Believer and Nonbeliever Trade Places-Anna and Gary 103 11 The Unequally Yoked Club-Cassidy and Bill 107 12 Trivial Differences, Common Values-Andrew and Lewis 115 PART THREE Meet the Issues 13 Discovering the Difference 123 Quiz: Shared Values 131 14 Tying the Knot Across the Gap 135 15 Church, Prayer, Holidays, and More 157 16 Who Are You? 171 17 Communication and Respect 179 Quiz: The DOG Scale 185 18 Extended Family 199 19 Kids in the Mix 211 20 Parting Ways 239 21 The Positive Side of the Secular/Religious Mix 247 Notes 257 Index 269
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