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  • ‘Thank God for Evolution,’ preaches evangelical reverend | Thank God For Evolution
    largest nested reality I don t believe in God at all I know God that is I know reality as a whole and I chose to call that reality God Dowd s upbringing wasn t all that conservative Growing up in Poughkeepsie N Y and later in Miami his parents were Catholics While serving in the U S military in Berlin Dowd said he had a born again experience the result of grappling with drug and alcohol issues He later attended Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary now Palmer Seminary in Wynnewood and lived in Philadelphia for three years While a student at what is now Evangel University his fundamentalist views changed He said he simply wasn t prepared to be taught evolution in biology class After the professor presented the textbook to the class he walked out slammed the door and dropped the class I said to my roommate Satan obviously has a hold on this school Dowd said It s the only way I could make sense of how they could be teaching evolution at a Bible teaching college I didn t know that they taught evolution at almost all evangelical colleges The Biblical studies philosophy professors there embraced evolution and I couldn t write them off as being demonically possessed However Dowd said he got to know several of the professors personally and praised and worshipped with them One of them was a Buddhist Christian Dowd said because of his theology a part of him wanted to tell the Buddhist Christian that he was going to hell another part of Dowd wanted the Buddhist Christian to mentor him Dowd went with the latter And following a documentary he and his wife had seen on evolution on PBS in which students attending conservative colleges had been ostracized by their families for taking classes on evolution Dowd and his wife decided to act When it was done Connie and I looked at each other and she said You need to be out there speaking to these students Dowd said They were being told that evolution was the devil by their families and their pastors and they were grappling with how to hold onto evolution and their faith Faith shouldn t be reconciled by evolution but rather strengthened by it A couple months after the epiphany Dowd came home from work and asked his wife to live on the road with him It took four months to get everything in order to sell all of their possessions We ve been living on the road for seven years Dowd said It s all we do is travel North America doing programs on the sacred meaningful understanding of the history of the universe That s our life that s all we do How hard is it living on the road every day being with your wife every hour of the day Not very Dowd said It really isn t We think we re the richest people in the world Dowd said Three to five

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  • Evolution or bust | Thank God For Evolution
    beyond biology or belief In Dowd s 90 minute presentation The Gospel According to Science Evolutionary Good News he shares a meaningful God s eye view of everything from microbes to supernovas to the fall and original sin Dowd a former fundamentalist once argued with anyone who thought the universe was more than 6 000 years old although science says the Earth is nearly 14 billion years old Facts are God Dowd said God didn t stop revealing truth vital to human well being back when our ancestors recorded their revelations on parchment and preserved them in clay pots God is still communicating truth today through both religious insights and scientific discoveries Dowd wrote Thank God for Evolution published in 2007 Both Nobel laureates and religious leaders have praised the bold book We re trying to basically show how evolution can be understood as deeply inspiring and spiritual Dowd said in a telephone interview with The Telegraph while on the road in Oklahoma Science is revelatory revealing truth God always speaks in fact Dowd moved beyond what he describes as flat Earth fundamentalism when he was a student at Evangel University in Springfield Mo At first I was shocked Dowd said about coming to believe in evolution I discovered that most all evangelical colleges teach evolution and also I met a Buddhist Christian His theology was liberal but my experience was that he was the most Christ like person It wasn t an argument that changed my mind it was that I met somebody who just oozed integrity in his life Dowd who was raised as a Roman Catholic but later became a born again Christian was taught at a young age to think Darwinism was evil and that evolution was the devil When I was exposed to evolutionary theological perspectives I began to read books and meet people with other world views he said about his transformation from a Darwin disbeliever to a Christian evolutionist This May in Rome even the Vatican will host its own conference honoring Darwin who wrote his magnum opus On the Origin of Species 150 years ago Instead of talking about the end of time Dowd talks about the reality of time in the universe There s basic benefits for humans to thrive to look to the future with a sense of trust not fear including a future without us he said Facts always need to be interpreted We have to make sacred meaningful interpretation of the universe which 97 percent of the scientific community agree with the evolutionary aspect of the universe Dowd exudes passion about his mobile ministry There s a vital urgency to the timing because humans have always needed answers to life s big questions he said There s only one way out of the current confluence of crises facing humanity and that is for individuals and institutions to align with the well being of the whole or live in evolutionary integrity If you want to get religious about it

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  • We All Live in Darwin's World | Thank God For Evolution
    participants is not governed by fixed rules In Holland s models the resemblance to biological systems is not incidental it is explicit Truer still to the biology model is the work of Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman director of the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego In the 1960s he used evolutionary theory to explain how the immune system rapidly creates antibodies targeted to pathogens it has never encountered He learned that a variation in the DNA of the cells that make antibodies results in a variety of cell types each with a unique antibody molecule on its surface When challenged by a toxin or infection the immune system screens this population for a match then swiftly multiplies the clonal cell line that produces the matching antibody Utilizing a kind of natural selection the immune system chooses the cell line that is highly equipped to deal with an environmental challenge One of the most important ideas Darwin had was population thinking Edelman says It s the Darwinian two step variation and selection variation and selection and so on down the generations In the 1980s Edelman applied the same kind of thinking to brain wiring showing how memories could be created when interactions with the environment preferentially strengthen the connections between certain populations of neurons The connections that are not used die out He calls the theory Neural Darwinism My whole career seems to be dominated by Darwin s thought he says See the DISCOVER Interview with Gerald Edelman from the February 2009 issue Edelman s work demonstrates the remarkable applicability of Darwin s ideas to all aspects of living things Darwin wrote about how evolution shapes the destiny of whole organisms but its principles apply to individual cells too Cancer cells for example compete with native cells for the body s resources and the best adapted ones grow so quickly that they become tumors Cancer evolves in our bodies according to principles dictated by natural selection says Randolph Nesse of the University of Michigan a pioneer in the field of evolutionary medicine Practitioners of evolutionary medicine analyze patterns of disease and morbidity by considering the deep history of our species From that perspective it becomes clear that humans are prone to obesity because our bodies evolved in an environment of scarcity where consuming as much high energy food as possible was a useful survival strategy In a fast food restaurant not so much An evolutionary perspective also suggests why men die on average seven years earlier than women The factors that maximize their reproductive success also interfere with their long term health Without an evolutionary background you really can t get a grasp on why the body isn t designed better Nesse says It allows you to answer questions that you otherwise would not be able to answer at all such as Why does aging exist and Why does sex exist According to Helen Fisher and other proponents of evolutionary psychology the theory of evolution helps them address questions like What is

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  • Preaching 'Gospel of Evolution' | Thank God For Evolution
    the Advancement of Science AAAS author of Darwin s Gift to Science and Religion Home The Book Introduction Nobel Endorsements The Author Author s Promises Free Chapter Audiobook Table of Contents Study Guides FAQ Resources The Great Story Huffington Post Blog News Recent Archives Blog Recent Archives Huffington Post Blog Get Involved Evangelize Posters Flyers Donate Testimonials Subscribe Study Guides Media Audio Video Flyers Posters Schedule Store The Great Story

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  • Rev. Michael Dowd shares insights behind ‘Thank God for Evolution’ | Thank God For Evolution
    Table of Contents Study Guides FAQ Resources The Great Story Huffington Post Blog News Recent Archives Blog Recent Archives Huffington Post Blog Get Involved Evangelize Posters Flyers Donate Testimonials Subscribe Study Guides Media Audio Video Flyers Posters Schedule Store The Great Story Search Rev Michael Dowd shares insights behind Thank God for Evolution San Marcos Daily Record The San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present where the Rev Michael Dowd will offer a discussion covering the major themes of his 2008 book Thank God for Evolution How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World Residents are invited to learn how in Dowd s opinion our modern understanding of the universe as given by mainstream science builds bridges provides guidance and restores realistic hope for individuals and families for humanity and for the body of life as a whole The State Board of Education of Texas voted recently to abandon a longtime state requirement that high school science teachers cover what some critics consider to be weaknesses in the theory of evolution Regarding the battle between science and religion in public schools and churches Rev Dowd offers a prediction Until the majority of churches in

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  • An evangelical preacher says Jesus would've liked Charles Darwin | Thank God For Evolution
    Posters Flyers Donate Testimonials Subscribe Study Guides Media Audio Video Flyers Posters Schedule Store The Great Story Search An evangelical preacher says Jesus would ve liked Charles Darwin New Hampshire Public Radio By Virginia Prescott You ve likely heard that today is the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln s birthday Charles Darwin was also born 200 years ago today Two extremely influential men of the 19th century and beyond Darwin s book On the Origin of Species was published 150 years ago establishing evolutionary descent as the dominant scientific explanation for natural diversity But it s still bitterly debated A new Gallup poll shows that only 39 percent of Americans say they believe in the theory of evolution Some religious faiths decry evolution for contradicting the story of Creation as outlined in the book of Genesis in the Bible That s what the Reverend Michael Dowd grew up believing as a Roman Catholic In 1979 Reverend Dowd converted to a Christian fundamentalist worldview For several years he denounced Darwin and helped distribute anti evolutionary tracts But over the course of a decade he came to believe that evolution is in his words the great story of 14 billion years of

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  • Dowd to discuss religion and science | Thank God For Evolution
    Subscribe Study Guides Media Audio Video Flyers Posters Schedule Store The Great Story Search Dowd to discuss religion and science The Houstonian Ruth Johnson Michael Dowd a traveling reverend will speak at SHSH on how the theories of God and evolution really go hand in hand Two hundred years from the day that Charles Darwin was born and around 150 years after the publishing of The Origin of Species Dowd will be presenting evolution in the context of religion Dowd was raised in a Roman Catholic home but as he grew older he moved on to a more fundamentalist Christian outlook He went to an evangelical college and afterward got his bachelor s at a Northern Baptist school His ideas on God were changing as he learned more about Him He became an evangelical preacher and married Connie Barlow Barlow a noted science author and athiest has traveled with her husband to 45 out of the 50 states since 2002 preaching an understanding of evolution that they call beyond biology or belief They believe in spreading this word so faithfully that they even sold their house and live in a motor home to travel and teach Before SHSU they were

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  • Evolutionary evangelist brings message to Huntsville | Thank God For Evolution
    the event is open to the public In his talk Dowd will cover the major themes of his new book Thank God for Evolution which has received endorsements from five Nobel laureates as well as endorsements from leaders across the religious spectrum Since April 2002 Dowd and his wife Connie Barlow an acclaimed science writer have lived on the road sharing a sacred view of evolution with religious and secular audiences of all ages He is passionate in talking about the 14 billion year history of the universe Earth life and humanity in ways that offer practical guidance and uplift and expand one s heart mind and soul I ve given this program over 1 000 times in 46 of the 50 states and in Canada Dowd said I greatly look forward to celebrating Charles Darwin s 200th birthday on Feb 12 in Huntsville at the Walker Education Center I hope to see a lot of Sam Houston State University students not only those studying the biological sciences but also any who wish to learn how a mainstream scientific understanding of cosmic Earth biological and human history can build bridges and restore realistic hope Darwin s observations on his five year voyage 1831 to 1836 around the world eventually led to the notions of natural selection and evolution theories he laid out in his book On the Origin of Species Dowd 50 grew up in Poughkeepsie N Y He then spent his teenage years in Florida graduating in 1976 from a high school in Miami In 1984 Dowd graduated summa cum laude from Evangel University in Springfield Mo affiliated with the Assemblies of God where he received a B A in biblical studies and philosopy Dowd graduated with honors in 1987from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary now Palmer Seminary in Philadelphia

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