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Book Title: Calling Bernadette's Bluff|
The author of the book: Dale McGowan
ISBN 13: 9781401036072
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 26.57 MB
Edition: Xlibris Corporation
Date of issue: January 8th 2002
Read full description of the books Calling Bernadette's Bluff:"There’s only one real taboo left in 21st Century America, and Jack Kassel’s got it bad. He doesn’t believe in God. And even that might be all right if he didn’t teach at the College of Saint Bernadette, but he does. Nothing is more important to Jack than reason, the triumph of truth over comforting fantasies, but Saint Bernie’s is the land of created realities, where critical thoughts go to die. When his oldest partner in disbelief shows up as the campus priest, Jack edges nearer the abyss, finally plunging over when his ex-wife enrolls their brilliant young son in a Lutheran school and the boy begins quoting Scripture in response to Jack’s questions. Back against the wall, Jack starts to “come out” as a non-believer at what turns out to be the worst possible time --- as a Marian apparition turns the college into a holy pilgrimage site.
Critical Acclaim for Calling Bernadette’s Bluff
“With each turn of a page, I was struck dumb with amazement. Is there no end to the talent of this handsome young man?” --- Paid celebrity endorsement
“I really liked the book, especially the part where he’s obsessed with the whale.” --- From a ninth-grade book report
“You’ll be hearing from my attorney, you son of a bitch.” --- Christopher Perkins, not in any way the inspiration for the character Scott Siberell
“I smell something burning, Mr. McGowan. Oh look, it’s your soul!” --- Reverend Lovejoy from “The Simpsons,” not the inspiration for the character Reverend Delmore
Read information about the authorDALE McGOWAN, Ph.D., is a committed atheist, a devoted husband and father, and a recognized expert on raising caring, ethical children without religion. He is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, a collection of essays by and for loving, thoughtful nonreligious parents hailed by Newsweek as “a compelling read,” and Raising Freethinkers, the first comprehensive resource addressing the unique challenges secular parents face. He teaches workshops to nonreligious parents throughout the United States and Canada and was named a Harvard Humanist of the Year. Dale also founded the nonprofit Foundation Beyond Belief, a charitable organization dedicated to encouraging and demonstrating acts of humanist generosity.
At age 28, Dale married his true love, Becca, a Southern Baptist. They had a traditional religious wedding in a beautiful, historic Lutheran church in San Francisco, with two ministers—a Methodist friend of the family and the bride’s Baptist uncle—plus an Episcopal organist. “No one would have guessed there was an atheist in the room,” Dale reflects, “much less that he was the one in tux and tails.” Twenty-three years and three kids later, their marriage is, happily, still going strong. Yet, as Dale knew from the experiences of others, including close friends, many mixed-belief marriages are marked by frequent conflict and pain, and some end in divorce, caused directly by the couple’s differences in worldview. Why do some secular/religious marriages succeed and others fail? Dale’s fascination with that question and search for answers culminated in the book, In Faith and In Doubt: How Religious Believers and Nonbelievers Can Create Strong Marriages and Loving Families.
Before finding his calling as a writer, Dale McGowan enjoyed a 15-year career as a professor of music and conductor. He holds degrees in physical anthropology and music theory from the University of California, as well as a doctorate in music composition and theory from the University of Minnesota. In addition to his books on secular parenting and mixed-belief families, he is the author of Atheism for Dummies, Voices of Unbelief, and two works of satirical fiction, Calling Bernadette's Bluff and Good Thunder. He makes his home near Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife Becca, a second grade teacher, and their three kids.
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