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

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The claim is often made that 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. 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.

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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

● 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.

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Marriage today looks very different from the past, when Catholics married Catholics and Evangelicals married Evangelicals. Shifting demographics, changing worldviews, and abandoned orthodoxies make who we marry an open question. And more and more, people who identify as religious are partnering with those from the growing secular ranks. Can these marriages survive the conflicts and challenges ahead?

Absolutely, reports award-winning author and noted secular humanist Dale McGowan. His own long marriage to a devout believer is testament to the enduring strength of religious/nonreligious unions. But his story is only one of many. In Faith and In Doubt recounts the setbacks and successes of eight other couples as they navigate the minefields of mixed-belief marriage . . . reveals eye-opening findings from the author’s original survey . . . teases out helpful insights from the published research . . . and paints a nuanced picture of religious practices today, with guidance for crossing the belief gap—happily, for the long term.

Filled with illuminating quizzes and surprising revelations, the book distills the sweeping investigation into a set of practical lessons learned, including how to: 

· Locate the belief/nonbelief combinations that work best together

· Communicate with respect and find common ground

· Blend divergent ideas into a beautiful wedding ceremony

· Decide on holidays, churchgoing, baptism, circumcision, and more

· Raise religiously literate children and bridge child-rearing differences

In Faith and In Doubt gives couples the information, inspiration, and confidence for forging successful unions amid dissimilar beliefs, and a rare window into the extraordinary richness their differences can bring to the 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. Connect with Dale at:

 Twitter@InFaithandDoubt

Website: dalemcgowan.com

 

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