About Dale

DALE McGOWAN has one foot in arts and the other in sciences. He double-majored in music and evolutionary anthropology at UC Berkeley, then studied film scoring at UCLA before conducting a college orchestra while earning a Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Minnesota.

While an associate professor at St. Catherine University, Dale taught interdisciplinary courses centered on writing and critical thinking as well as music theory and music history.

As a writer, Dale has variously focused on science, parenting, and the interface between religious belief and unbelief. His books include Sharing Reality: How to Bring Secularism and Science to an Evolving Religious World (with Jeff Haley, 2017) Parenting Beyond Belief (2007, 2nd ed. 2016), Raising Freethinkers (2009), Voices of Unbelief (2012), Atheism For Dummies (2013), In Faith and in Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families (2014), and the satirical novels Calling Bernadette’s Bluff and Good Thunder. 

Beginning in 2006, Dale served as US Communications Coordinator for Nonviolent Peaceforce, a global civilian peacekeeping organization. In 2009, he founded the humanist nonprofit Foundation Beyond Belief. Under his leadership, FBB became the world’s largest humanist charity, raising over $2 million for philanthropic projects worldwide, launching a network of more than 100 humanist volunteer teams in the U.S., and creating groundbreaking disaster recovery and international service programs for the nonreligious community.

Dale was named Harvard Humanist of the Year in 2008 and FBB’s Humanist Visionary in 2015.

Dale has served as director of engagement for Patheos, the world’s largest website for multi-belief opinion, and as executive editor for Science Times, Science World Report, and Nature World News.

Dale and his wife Becca, an award-winning elementary teacher, live near Atlanta with their three children.

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