Dale McGowan / author, speaker


DALE MCGOWAN left a 15-year career as a college professor in 2006 to pursue writing full-time.

He edited and co-authored Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resources for nonreligious parents, as well as Voices of Unbelief (2012), Atheism For Dummies (2013), and the forthcoming In Faith and in Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families (2014).

His fiction includes the satirical novels Calling Bernadette’s Bluff and its sequel, Good Thunder.

Dale teaches nonreligious parenting seminars across the United States and serves as executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist charitable foundation based in Atlanta. He is also National Director of Ethical Education for the American Ethical Union. In 2008, Dale was named Harvard Humanist of the Year for his work in nonreligious parenting education.

Dale holds degrees in physical anthropology and music theory from UC Berkeley as well as a Ph.D. in music composition and theory from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife Becca, a second grade teacher, live near Atlanta with their three children.

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