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  • Will science, religion kiss and make up? | Thank God For Evolution
    t believe that God created everything in a six day period about 6 000 years ago that dinosaurs walked alongside humans or that the Grand Canyon was created by Noah s flood But they agree with the museum that science should be taught as something relevant It really ups the ante for the rest of us to present evolution in a way that s memorable has a narrative story line in it and directly connects to our personal lives and personal challenges said Barlow 55 You walk into any of these other great museums in the world you re looking at some cool fossils and great interpretations she said But there isn t a story For Dowd and Barlow that explains why 43 percent of Americans tell the Gallup Poll they believe God created humans in their present form in the last 10 000 years or so despite an overwhelming consensus among scientists that s to the contrary The Creation Museum operated at 2800 Bullitsburg Church Road by the ministry group Answers in Genesis has drawn 275 000 visitors since its Memorial Day opening The museum offers a story that fires the imagination of children with lifelike models of dinosaurs that move and roar But it also conveys fundamental messages that humans have dignity because they are made in the image of God that Adam and Eve s sin brought suffering and death into the world and that salvation comes only through Jesus The exhibits tell children how it all makes sense Dowd said We think evolution can do that in a better way but nonetheless that s what they do effectively here Museum officials who allowed Dowd Barlow and a camera toting reporter to tour without escort disagreed about what is so effective It s not about telling it better it s about telling the truth said Georgia Purdom an Answers in Genesis researcher What we re trying to do is really offer an alternative to the typical natural history museum by starting with the Bible as the only really true source Studying nature alone has limits because it is marred by sin she said Advocates for teaching evolution applaud Dowd s and Barlow s writings but question their idea of having museum exhibits on the spiritual implications of evolution Michael is doing a big favor to conservative Christianity because he is showing how you don t have to be afraid of evolution to still retain some fairly traditional conservative Christian views said Eugenie Scott director of the National Center for Science Education which opposes teaching creationism in public schools But she added I want to leave science out of the culture wars It can be used to support any number of theistic and non theistic views but cannot compel any conclusions Robert Martin a biology professor at Murray State University and author of a book on evolution said popular books on evolution and spirituality would work better than a museum exhibit There hasn t been enough writing by

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  • 'Creatheist' reconciles evolution, religion | Thank God For Evolution
    is on a mission to reconcile science and religion Who would let a first century dentist fill our children s teeth Dowd asked Tuesday But we re letting first century theologians fill our children s heads every day A self proclaimed evolutionary evangelist Dowd recently released Thank God for Evolution which states that understanding evolution can actually enhance faith Dowd shared his philosophies as a creatheist with students faculty and residents at Okaloosa Walton College s Mattie Kelley Arts Center For the past 5 1 2 years Dowd and his wife have crisscrossed North America to share their gospel We believe evolution will usher religion into its greatness in the 21st century he said Dowd began his religious training as a Christian anti evolutionary fundamentalist but a chance encounter with a Christian Buddhist changed his heart and mind My head said get him saved but my heart said get him to mentor you Dowd said after his presentation Throughout the 14 billion year history of the cosmos Dowd said God the nature of ultimate reality has revealed new truths all the time People today often rely on ancient civilization s view of the world when humans now have more self awareness Whether using lambs kingdoms or lotus flowers religious traditions have used environmental factors as explanations and to offer moral directives Dowd said The Bible reveals infallibly how early Christians and Jews saw their world Dowd said However evolution is a science based story that makes all the other stories right he said Dowd hopes more people will learn and understand evolution as a part of religion The only way conservatives will understand or should accept evolution is if it is explained or understood as sacred and holy Dowd said Dowd sees most people unifying faith and science in the

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  • Minister binds Bible, evolution | Thank God For Evolution
    a good reason why people of different cultures hang on to their creation stories so passionately he said They would die for them because that s what gave them a sense of meaning and also helped them answer questions like how to be good how to raise your children in a moral ethical way Evolution he said doesn t in any way put the tradition down but is like a container that holds all these other stories and shows why they all make sense He said religious beliefs in creation are based on private revelation what individual people believe has been revealed to them by God Science he maintained is public revelation because it involves facts that can be analyzed by all Advocates of a literal reading of the Bible s creation story say it contradicts the claims that life evolved gradually and that the universe is billions of years old Dowd disagrees with that view but he said creation stories often reflect profound truths He cited the doctrine of original sin the Christian tradition that all people sin because of the original rebellion of Adam and Eve He said it echoes what science is learning about behavior that people often overindulge in food or sex because their evolutionary ancestors developed fierce cravings to keep themselves and their species alive But today he said such cravings can lead to habits that destroy health and families It s not he maintained because their great great great great grandmother ate an apple or if it s because they re fundamentally evil but because they lack an evolutionary understanding of their impulses This isn t an excuse for bad behavior he said It actually makes it easier to live in integrity I have a closer walk with God I have a deeper appreciation

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  • 'Thank God for Evolution!' | Thank God For Evolution
    of us With supporters from an incredibly wide spectrum of backgrounds and beliefs including five Nobel laureates Thank God for Evolution by the Rev Michael Dowd builds bridges provides guidance and restores realistic hope for humanity and the body of life as a whole A movement has been growing over the past few decades that takes our common creation story the epic of cosmic biological and human evolution revealed by science as the basis for a meaningful view of our place in the universe Dowd America s evolutionary evangelist is at the forefront of this movement This well informed thoroughly researched and inspired book proclaims a gospel billions of years old Thank God for Evolution presents in a lively and accessible manner the reasons why it is now possible to view evolution as a divine process how current science shows that evolution is not meaningless blind chance practical methods for using evolutionary insights to achieve greater personal fulfillment and thriving relationships and how aligning with evolutionary trends can guide activists and others hoping to make our world a better place As a Christian minister Dowd especially addresses the concerns that Christians have about evolution but this book contains insights that

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  • Two reporters reviewed a book which argues evolution is a God-guided process, but from two different perspectives | Thank God For Evolution
    book in a way that will expand their relationships over a broad perspective Quite a promise especially with only one book and so many different humans The book however lives up to its word and does not try to convince spiritual conversion but rather consideration of a public revelation or scientifically rational thought the origin of life has been a 14 billion year journey that we have only begun to understand Dowd explains that humans are mythopoeic beings meaning we are naturally driven to make sense of our existence and what happened before us The book asserts each of us tends to recall the events of our own life in ways that render the whole into something meaningful Divine meaning according to Dowd does not have to exclude all scientific theory especially when it comes to evolution and the way humans came into existence Understanding concepts such as the Big Bang and convergent evolution creates a reverence for the universe we live in similar to theories of Christian biologist Charles Darwin Rather than placing humans as masters of their own fate Dowd calls us partners groping our way forward in faith trusting the universe trusting reality trusting time There is a type of cognitive dissonance in the educated Christian s mind regarding the creation story and what they know to be true about the world On one hand the scriptures are the word of God and All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching 2 Timothy 3 16 On the other hand the story of Adam and Eve is so absurdly out of touch with scientific knowledge that we must use the brains God gave us to rationally understand and fulfill our mythopoeic drive What Dowd explains in his book is that incorporating evolution into a spiritual life

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  • Thank God for Evolution! | Thank God For Evolution
    former evangelical minister and protégé of the great Thomas Berry Dowd travels around the United States spreading what he calls a new gospel aka The Great Stor y or Evolutionary Christianity an all encompassing cosmic story that he hopes will serve as the basis for a new and universal spiritual mythos capable of bridging the gap between science and religion faith and the future of the humanity In this exclusive

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/838 (2016-04-30)
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  • Can God Love Darwin, Too? | Thank God For Evolution
    Bowling has banned professors from assigning his book At least one local Nazarene church called for Colling to be fired and threatened to withhold financial support from the college In a letter to Bowling ministers in Caro Mo expressed deep concern regarding the teaching of evolutionary theory as a scientifically proven fact calling it a philosophy that is godless contrary to scripture and scientifically unverifiable Irate parents pastors and others complained to Bowling while a meeting between church leaders and Colling led to some tension and misunderstanding Bowling said in a letter to trustees Well misunderstanding in the sense that the Noachian flood was a little puddle It s a rude awakening to scientists who thought the Galilean gulf was closing Colling s troubles come as more and more researchers are fighting the godless rap emphasizing that evolution does not preclude a deity though neither does it require one One approach is to interpret evolution as the mechanism by which a creator creates Physicist Karl Giberson of Eastern Nazarene College takes this tack in Saving Darwin which will be published next year Michael Dowd a former anti evolution crusader who is now an itinerant minister argues in Thank God for Evolution out in November that understanding evolution can deepen and strengthen faith He s in good company Biochemist and Anglican priest Arthur Peacocke who died last year saw in random mutation and natural selection the core of Darwinian evolution a hint of God s nature by making mutations the raw material of evolution from which natural selection picks winners and losers God freely opted to limit his omnipotence It was evidence Peacocke said of divine humility Colling tried something similar with Random Designer He explained that evolution has stood the test of time and considerable scrutiny and that evolution through

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  • Couple speak about evolution, religion | Thank God For Evolution
    Connie Barlow who five years ago gave up their home to tour the country in a van preaching evolution spoke Monday evening at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Riverside Drive in Binghamton Abandoning a worldview of evolution and religion as conflicting ideologies Dowd preaches evolutionary history as an ultimate truth compatible to the world s religious traditions It evolution is a story that includes all stories Dowd told about 75 people We promote the marriage of science and religion for personal and planetary well being Dowd 48 attributes his transformation from a conservative pastor to an evangelical evolutionist to conversations with a Buddhist monk and an epiphany so profound he and his wife sold their house in Rockland County bought a conversion van and made the road their home Their only permanent address is a Web site www ThankGodForEvolution com The two stayed at the home of Binghamton University evolution professor and author David Sloan Wilson while in Binghamton We ll probably live on the road the rest of our lives Dowd said Departing from an antagonistic approach that pits religion against evolution Dowd accepts as fact the scientific community s consensus the earth is 13 7 billion years old

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