“The Belief Book” Teaches Children About Religion from an Atheist Perspective


Any atheist parents out there may want to check out this new children’s book about religion written by David G McAfee and illustrated by Chuck Harrison. It’s called The Belief Book (with the emphasis on “lie”) and it walks children through what religion is and why people believe in it:

I had a chance to look through the book and I think a lot of you will enjoy it. It’s very blunt — which will certainly annoy any religious reader — but that’s also what’s so refreshing about it. We’re not used to religious beliefs being treated like the fairy tales they actually are. If only all kids could receive this sort of education.

By the way, McAfee is also the author of Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-believer — you can read an excerpt right here.

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2 Responses to “The Belief Book” Teaches Children About Religion from an Atheist Perspective

  1. I like the simple explanation of ritual. The example is a bit over-simplified though (Catholics are only forbidden from eating meat on Fridays during Lent), but it does explain what ritual looks like as an outsider. I think teaching kids about religion is going to be challenging though. I don’t currently have any, but I’m very concerned about making sure they know I’ll love and respect them regardless of whether or not they choose atheism. My parents never did that for me, and it made the deconversion process much harder.

    • Thanks for the thoughtful commentary! David and I are currently writing the second book entitled The Book of Gods and will be talking a lot more about not judging people for what or who they believe in. It should be out by year’s end!

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