I hope you will please consider donating to Chrystine Trooien’s Kickstarter fund for her new book for children called Christian Mythology for Kids: A Secular Family’s Guide to Modern Christianity. From the Kickstarter website:
Inform Your Children Before Someone Else Does.
Today, more than ever before, parents are raising their children free from religion. We have very few secular tools to teach our children about the Christian religions that still surrounds us. Secular children encounter bible stories from their peers, through pop culture, and from well intentioned relatives. Oftentimes the message that is delivered along with these stories is one of fear, promises or simply trying to convince young minds that these stories are somehow historical.
We wanted to introduce our children to christianity in a way that doesn’t threaten them or coax them into thinking these stories are real. Children’s books about Greek and Roman Mythology are wonderful, exciting stories that inform and entertain. Christian Mythology for Kids follows this format, but with a religion that some people still view as true.
Exploring and discussing common Christian myths in a safe environment gives children an unbiased understanding before they encounter it in their daily lives. Christian Mythology for Kids also answers questions that children may have after hearing what their friends or relatives have to say. This book tells the story of each myth, followed by a brief logical or scientific explanation as to why it is mythology.
We can also learn from some of these stories that have an Aesop’s fables quality, like David and Goliath. We can take the lesson and leave the religion behind. Other stories included in this book are Noah’s Ark, Angels and Demons, Moses and the Burning Bush, Joseph’s Coat, Jesus’ Birth, Jesus’ Miracles, and so much more (24 stories in all).
This looks like a very cool resource. I hope it can get published since I know of few books for children that look at religion through a secular lens.