In this unique book for parents, Edward Correia offers ideas for parents who want to teach their child about God and who want to do so consistently with the modern world and the discoveries of science. A central theme of Teaching Your Child about God is that “there are other ways to conceive of God besides the anthropomorphic being we learned about as children.” Correia argues, “Because we have the benefit of scientific discoveries, we do not need to rely on the idea of God to explain the development of the human species or even the creation of the universe. We have the ability to rethink our conception of God to take into account the knowledge we have gained about our universe since humans began to conceive of God thousands of years ago.”
Correia urges parents not to take the approach of “letting someone else do it” or “forgetting the whole thing” when it comes to teaching their children about God. He says to parents: “You have the opportunity to inspire your child and to be inspired. You have the chance to talk to your child about the meaning of life. Few things in life are more satisfying – and meaningful – than that.” Correia encourages parents to decide what they believe and think through their conception of God. He offers a number of possibilities based on the ideas of Aristotle, Aquinas, Spinoza, Tillich and others. In the end, his advice to parents is this: “If you can be the catalyst for your child to discover God and to work out for himself what God means in his life, you will have made a great contribution to your child’s development.” The book concludes with an Appendix that describes the major religions of the world in a clear, objective and readable way. Correia argues that such a reference guide can be helpful because “Knowing the basics of what others believe helps us bridge the gap of misunderstanding that can create barriers between groups.”
Praise for Teaching Your Child about God in a Scientific World
“A compact, impeccably argued and personally revealing inquiry into religious belief, as much for adults themselves as it is for teaching to their children.” Kirkus Reviews
Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Parenting and Family Category, Fall 2012
“A wake-up call to parents who may be tempted to take the approach of avoiding the topic of God, and .helpful guide for parents to find ways to foster compassion and interfaith understanding with their children. As a father of two young daughters, I am thankful for this work.” Dr. Mark Y. A. Davies, Ph.D., Dean, Petree College of Arts and Sciences Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics Oklahoma City University
“A useful and effective approach to God for all young people, including young addicts. By viewing God above all as the inspiration for us to be loving and compassionate, it provides a path for young men who may who have no concept of “god” at all until they enter the challenge of the 12-step program.” Rhea McVicker – Founder and Executive Director, Nick’s Place, a transitional home for young men in recovery from the disease of addiction.
About the Author: Edward Correia is a Washington, D.C., attorney and an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law. He was the first Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Northeastern University School of Law. He also worked in the Clinton Administration as Special Counsel to the President for Civil Rights in the White House. President Clinton appointed him to the National Council on Disability. His first book, The Uncertain Believer: Reconciling God and Science, was released in 2009. His first novel, The George Washington Constellation, was released in 2012. Correia lives with his wife, Carolyn Osolinik, in Bethesda, Maryland.
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