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Any suggestions on good books for kids around the topics of secular humanism or morality without a god? Certainly I will teach them as best I can my thoughts on the subject. But I always like having another source for them to turn to. Plus, I don't pretend to be an expert on the subject. The same as I can teach my kids math and science, but the teachers at school can do a far better job of it.

I have found some books on origin and evolution that are geared towrd kids, like the Stephen Hawking George books. But I'm not seeing a good reference for secular morality that is geared toward younger readers.

My kids are 9 and 11, by the way. So in that 4th grade and up reading level.

I'm not looking for a "bible replacement" "thou shall not..." type of thing. Just something to give a child a general idea. Lay some ground work, answer some basic questions.

Has anyone written a book like that for young greaders?

mikecagain 7 Sep 9
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I personally didn't try to teach my kids to be atheist or agnostic. I thought them critical thinking. In fact I told them that I'm probably only right about 60 to 70% of the stuff I believe and it's their job to try to figure out what I got wrong.
When religion comes up, I tell them what people believe and then say what I believe. I told them they will have to figure it out on there own.
My kids are both atheist. One if 19 and one is 12. I'll report back on how this all works out out when the 12 is older. ?
Honestly, I don't care what they believe, as long as they thought about it and was about to use reason.

JeffB Level 6 Sep 9, 2018

I absolutely agree with teaching them critical thinking. I think that is the base for all of it.


Please check out Stephen Baxter's book: Evolution. In my view, you may want to give this book to an early teenager. One of the best books I have ever read.

zesty Level 7 Sep 9, 2018

Thanks! I will look that one up.


No specific books come to mind, but I would say that my own morality was largely shaped by the heroes of science fiction and fantasy stories. They usually go about the story with either no religion, especially in sci-fi, or only fake religions, as in fantasy. It's very easy to see how one doesn't need to subscribe to a particular religion, or even religion at all, to establish a solid moral framework, when you get to see all of your heroes confronting and overcoming moral quandary is without Jesus.

That's an awesome suggestion. Thanks.

Maybe you can buy the book locally. I bought is on amazon.

@zesty you bought what on Amazon?