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  • Book Review by Jack L. Kennedy | Thank God For Evolution
    evolve over time to help us cope Dowd simply sees science as another face of God an expression of His face in today s world with both the lab and the sanctuary revealing themselves in different ways today constantly adapting He is not alone in his beliefs although archconservative or overly judgmental readers might have trouble swallowing his philosophies But whether you agree totally with Dowd and the many scientists and others he cites in this hefty volume the long rhetorical trip is worth it The book is not easy to read at times perhaps it reads more like a sermon or a sociological thesis or a drug and pregnancy prevention morality play plot It might have benefitted from a bit more focus and editing When the first taste of a new food comes at a large banquet it is not always appreciated But the author is thorough the appendix alone offers considerable balance and food for thought among various points of view and resources Many devout religious believers have rejected evolution because the process has been depicted as random meaningless mechanistic and godless Dowd says But many scientists today are moving away from this earlier approach into what he calls an emergent developmental worldview The more he learns about the creation one ex parishioner and amateur astronomer told the minister the more awesome my God becomes The science religion split did not even exist until the middle of the 14th century the author says until then the two fields were inseparable and reinforcing The book offers a number of approaches to the topic it is not designed for a quick afternoon read or time on the beach But it does have some unexpected welcome humor and human interest stories in boxes from the two Dowds life travels which both

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  • The Marriage of Science and Religion | Thank God For Evolution
    Interview with D J Grothe In this conversation with D J Grothe Michael Dowd reveals how his kind of Christianity is different from most others who would call themselves Christian and argues that all religions are evolving in the direction of naturalism He argues that evolution must be mythologized in order to save our species He explains how he reinterprets orthodox Christian doctrines such as personal salvation the centrality of

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  • Thank God for Evolution | Thank God For Evolution
    J Grothe In this interview with D J Grothe Michael Dowd discusses his new book Thank God for Evolution which is a religious defense of the central organizing theory of modern biology He reveals the agenda of the book and the reception it has received from both the scientific and the religious communities He explains his religious background and how he has adopted a thoroughly naturalized religion that he calls

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  • The Gospel of Evolution | Thank God For Evolution
    of Evolution Theology Me neither but the Rev Michael Dowd an ordained minister and his wife Connie Barlow a science writer travel around the country teaching their Gospel of Evolution They will be in Manhattan Tuesday at 7 p m at All Souls Church 1157 Lexington Ave at 80th Street I can t go but if anyone out there does please let me know what they said The couple present evolution as theology not theory and science as divine revelation Their message has earned them the moniker America s Evolutionary Evangelists according to their Web site Trying to understand reality without an evolutionary worldview is like trying to understand infection without microscopes or the structure of the Universe without telescopes said Rev Dowd former pastor of Baptist and United Church of Christ congregations It s not merely difficult it s impossible These are not the End Times for humanity they are just the beginning Earth is billions of years old and we only emerged a few million years ago a geological blink of an eye Fossils were not put here to test our faith they were left behind by a divine creative process that made everything we experience around us and within us Fossils teach us faith by showing proof positive of the grace that has guided us safely through deep time to the present moment Dowd is the author THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World John Mather a NASA senior astrophysicist and a 2006 Nobel laureate in physics had this to say about the book The universe took 13 7 billion years to produce this amazing book Certainly Rev Dowd is not alone in believing that faith and evolution do not have to cancel each other out

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  • Thank God for evolution? Yes, says national speaker | Thank God For Evolution
    Yes says national speaker Charlottesville Daily Progress By Brandon Shulleeta Evolution and the Bible don t contradict each other To have Jesus Mary most likely had sex And Charles Darwin is worthy of sainthood Those are statements the Rev Michael Dowd who spoke at Unity Church on Hydraulic Road on Sunday made in a national tour to convince Christians that both God and evolution are real Dowd recognized some of his teachings as radical and said that two kissing fish on his van one with Jesus name and the other with Darwin s have been seen as controversial He said his book Thank God for Evolution is designed to defeat beliefs that science and evolution don t mix Christian conservatives often dismiss the idea of evolution he said because it s often taught from a purely secular point of view Nothing matters more than the way we think about evolution Dowd said Evolution helps people understand where they came from and how certain events affect others Asking whether God or evolution is more responsible for events and existences is like asking whether a person or vocal chords made a sentence Dowd and his wife Connie an atheist science writer have toured the country for six years They live out of a van and homes of those who welcome them Dowd said The Bible doesn t contradict itself as long as people take a day language and night language approach to reading it he said The former is a literal interpretation while the latter is metaphorical and highly subjective he said God is king for example is a night language understanding of reality rules The term king is relative to people s understandings from life experiences and without rulers of countries called kings the phrase wouldn t make sense Therefore God

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  • Holy Evolution | Thank God For Evolution
    and religion said Dowd 49 a former believer in creationism If evolution doesn t wholly jazz someone religiously they should continue to reject evolution Dowd a pastor in the United Church of Christ is the author of Thank God for Evolution How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your World Since 2002 he and his wife Connie Barlow an atheist and a science writer have lived on the road sharing their perspective that an understanding of evolution strengthens rather than undermines faith Q You call yourself an evolutionary evangelist What does that mean A When I use the word evolution I mean the history of the cosmos Earth humanity I communicate it as good news By good news I mean it s inspiring Q Why is the conversation about evolution so heated A Part of it has to do with the fact that religion has tended to find its authority in ancient texts The scientific world finds its authority through the whole range of science and fact The other reason is that evolution the history of the universe has not been interpreted meaningfully It s not a surprise that conservatives reject evolution they see it as meaningless When evolution can be interpreted in ways that religious people can see as holy it validates their deeper way of thinking Q What is the gospel of evolution A It builds bridges it provides guidance and it restores realistic hope It bridges science and religion head and heart It bridges different religions Evangelicals and humanists who are family members can have a meaningful conversation It provides guidance for us as individuals like composting and recycling and building a sustainable environment We need to create laws and incentives that make it easy for individuals corporations and nations to do the right thing

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1112 (2016-04-30)
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  • Evolution evangelist to speak at Church of River | Thank God For Evolution
    of River Memphis Commercial Appeal By Lindsay Melvin Believers on both sides of the evolution creation debate have been slugging it out for more than a century But Rev Michael Dowd is trying to make peace between science and faith by spreading the message that embracing evolution will bring people closer to spiritual fulfillment He is the author of Thank God for Evolution How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and our World Crisscrossing the country he has been doing what he calls evolutionary evangelism Resistance from the religious community to embrace evolution he says comes from a miscommunication between the language of science and the language of religion Debating whether God or evolution created the universe is like asking Who said this sentence me or my vocal chords he said Dowd will be in Memphis on Sunday at the First Unitarian Church of Memphis also known as the Church of the River As part of the Summer of Faith preaching series the author will preach from the pulpit in the morning and deliver a 90 minute presentation that afternoon He has a very provoking message said Rev Colleen Engel Brown former pastor at First Unity Church in Cordova who plans to attend Dowd and his wife Connie Barlow an atheist and a science writer have been living out of their van for the past six years doing full time evolution evangelism Their vehicle displays two fishes kissing with the labels Jesus and Darwin Dowd often preaches from the scientific works of Carl Sagan and Thomas Berry saying Facts are God s natural tongue Teaching that humans evolved from apes was illegal in Tennessee public schools 83years ago setting off the famous Scopes Monkey Trial A local debate emerged just three years ago when a Shelby

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1113 (2016-04-30)
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  • Evolutianity | Thank God For Evolution
    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 Evolutianity Dallas Observer By Michelle Mathews It s surprising that Christianity didn t embrace the idea of evolution decades ago Though they claim God is immutable the church has had to constantly revamp its beliefs evolve that is to remain in mainstream society No church women are not the witch vessels of Satan No the sun doesn t revolve around the Earth Yes it s wrong to keep slaves Despite engaging in the evolution of theology many Christians still won t embrace Charles Darwin s theory of evolution Maybe they just can t comprehend the argument as the Bible says Brothers think of what you were when you were called Not many of you were wise by human standards On the other hand Michael Dowd the author of THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION thinks Darwin s theory can bring Christians closer to spiritual fulfillment Is this just another twist on intelligent design or can Dowd s ideas really reconcile

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