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In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families By Dale Mcgowan

In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families by Dale Mcgowan

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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? This book helps partners navigate the complexities of their situation while celebrating the richness it affords their relationship, and those around them.

In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families Summary

In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families by Dale Mcgowan

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

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.

In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families Reviews

..".a clear and engaging guide." --Publishers Weekly

About Dale Mcgowan

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.

Table of Contents

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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In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families by Dale Mcgowan
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2014-08-04
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