In the twenty-first century, what does it mean for parents in the United States to raise their children without religion? This is an intriguing question with a complicated but important answer, given that people who claim no religion—the “nones”—comprise the fastest growing “religious group” in America. Much research is now being directed at this phenomenon. Yet, as author and religious studies scholar Manning observes, more questions than answers have emerged regarding this general trend. Furthermore, on the specific issue of unaffiliated parents and their children, empirical examination is nearly nonexistent.

Fortunately, Manning’s tackling of this question has produced a seminal study. Her book largely functions as an introductory, qualitative analysis of the parent and child relationship with respect to the substantive worldviews of...

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