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  • Christian Naturalism | Thank God For Evolution
    very real universe not merely to a mythic unnatural realm I do not value what is unnatural over what is natural Indeed the core concepts of my faith tradition sin salvation the kingdom of God heaven and hell Jesus as the way the truth and the life are real for me in a this world undeniable way and in a way that non Christians and the non religous can appreciate too as I discuss in several chapters in my book Thank God for Evolution How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World The idea of an eternal life after death without pain or struggle yet with awareness of the everlasting torment of others those who did not believe as I did I consider hell not heaven I no longer merely believe in God Thanks to the worldwide self correcting scientific enterprise I now know that facts are God s native tongue Evidence reveals God s nature God s ways and God s guidance far more accurately than could have possibly been revealed to the biblical writers This is in no way a dissing of scripture It is however honoring God as a truly divine communicator and lifting up scientific discoveries as revelatory Few things are more unflattering than imagining that God spoke more clearly to goat herders and fisherman in the distant past through dreams and intuitions than God does today through cumulative evidence discerned by the global community of scientists In an evolutionary context theism is trivialized if it is thought to be solely or even primarily about otherworldly matters and unnatural entities Christian naturalism is an evo theistic or creatheistic perspective that transcends and includes traditional notions of God that made sense when people assumed the earth was flat and the universe

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  • Creatheism: Evolutionary Emergence Ends the Theism-Atheism Debate | Thank God For Evolution
    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 Creatheism Evolutionary Emergence Ends the Theism Atheism Debate The tired old theism vs atheism debate makes no sense in a world of evolutionary emergence Theism atheism pantheism and deism are all belief based worldviews that came into being long before an evidential knowledge based view of Reality was available In an evolutionary context these god isms at least as traditionally formulated are outdated misleading and unnecessarily divisive Now that we measurably know how our world was created over billions of years and now that we also know why metaphorical images of Reality are not only natural but inevitable we can move beyond such dead end debates and get on with the Great Work of cooperating on behalf of a thriving future for all As I discuss at length in Part II of Thank God for Evolution Reality is Speaking chapters 4 7 the creatheistic worldview offered by the Epic of Evolution transcends and includes these pre evolutionary distinctions by honoring

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1711 (2016-04-30)
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  • God is NOT a Supernatural Terrorist | Thank God For Evolution
    this is not true of course God is NOT a supernatural terrorist But because many passages in scripture clearly portray God in just such an unflattering light I predict that the rising tide of atheism will continue unabated so long as we religious folk trivialize God by interpreting our religious texts literally When we read about supernatural utterances or acts in the Bible we should always remember to apply the evening news test THE EVENING NEWS TEST Whenever any story any culture or any scriptural passage claims God said this or God did that what follows is necessarily what some person or group of people felt or thought or wished or wanted God to say or do often as justification after the fact These subjectively meaningful claims are never objective measurable reality In other words had CNN or ABC News been there to record the moment of revelation there would have been nothing out of the ordinary nothing miraculous to show on the evening news nothing other than what was coming out of someone s mouth or pen or whatever folks wrote with back then If we fail to understand this we belittle God and will surely miss what God is revealing and doing today And we mock God if we argue that He communicated more clearly to goat hearders and fisherman in the distant past through dreams and intuitions than He does today through measurable cumulative evidence IS THIS REALLY THE GOSPEL GOD S GREAT NEWS FOR ALL OF HUMANITY What underlies the supernatural terrorist fallacy is the failure to recognize that the so called supernatural language in scripture is actually pre natural before we could have possibly had a natural factual understanding and unnatural in the same way that what we do in our dreams if interpreted literally

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1701 (2016-04-30)
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  • The Gospel According to Science: The Path of Integrity is Now Obvious | Thank God For Evolution
    anything other than right relationship at and with all nested levels from the personal to the planetary is a distraction Religion has always recognized the centrality of integrity In the language of my own tradition what is conversion other than coming home to Integrity What is abiding in Christ other than living in Integrity What is the fruit of the Spirit other than evidence of Integrity The two types of religious leaders that Jesus was most critical of were the Sadducees and the Pharisees those who thought being right with God meant being in the right tradition having the right beliefs or performing the right rituals To both of these kinds of believers Jesus emphatically said No that s not it Follow me Walk the path I m walking Abide in integrity It s by your fruit that you ll be known When we forget this we betray God and belittle the gospel While we naturally feel whether we are in or out of integrity with respect to our values and our closest circles of relationship without an evolutionary worldview we can t know whether we are in integrity at larger scales And without a deep time view of grace and creative emergence we certainly cannot see our way forward Here s an initial sketch of what I suggest integrity looks like at multiple levels Education that includes how each subject fits within the big picture has integrity Education that ignores the larger ecological and cosmological context lacks integrity Religion that celebrates the divine at all scales of reality and that honors what is real has integrity Religion that values the unnatural over the natural lacks integrity Religious education that helps children interpret science in inspiring faith enhancing ways has integrity Religious education that fails to help children interpret science

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1682 (2016-04-30)
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  • Best 2007-2008 Blog Posts & Interviews | Thank God For Evolution
    interviews with me or us FOR THE RELIGIOUS In our first seven years of teaching and preaching evolution together we have been invited to present sermons seminars evening programs or multiday workshops in more than 600 churches convents monasteries and spiritual centers across the continent including liberal and conservative Roman Catholic Protestant Evangelical Unitarian Universalist Unity Religious Science Quaker Mennonite Jewish and Buddhist groups Here are 2007 2008 posts of mine that the devoutly religious as well as the nominally religious tend to find inspiring provocative or both Responses from Religious Leaders Best Evolution Resources Big History The Teaching Company Even Rocks Evolve Evolution as Meaningful Inspiring Fact The Unnaturalist Fallacy Teach Both Sides of What Controversy Waking Up to the Evolutionary Message of Our Times guest post by Tom Atlee Lizard Legacy Bites 3 More Alphas Why I thank God for Charles Darwin Intelligent Design Evolutionary Morality and Ethics Evolution Theology Religion 2 0 Thank God for the New Atheists and Young Earth Creationists Evolutionary Christianity The Great Blasphemy Beyond Evidence Responding to Creationists Science Leaders Praise Thank God for Evolution INTERVIEWS CNN Lou Dobbs Tonight TV Issues of Faith TV Live 9 00 TV Show Interfaith Radio New Dimensions Radio both me and Connie CBC Tapestry Barbara Marx Hubbard interviewing me The Leading Edge with Mindy Audlin on Unity FM FOR THE NON RELIGIOUS AND ANTI RELIGIOUS In addition to speaking in numerous and widely diverse kinds of churches and other religious settings over the last seven years from very liberal groups to very conservative ones Connie and I have also presented audience appropriate versions of our science based gospel of evolution message in more than a hundred secular settings including colleges high schools grade schools public libraries environmental groups intentional communities food co ops nature centers and

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1675 (2016-04-30)
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  • Metaphorical gods vs. Reality/God: Part 2 | Thank God For Evolution
    is the nature of so called supernatural beliefs Evolutionary psychology and evolutionary neuroscience suggest that human beings will inevitably and freely use dream like supposedly supernatural language in the process of personifying or relationalizing natural forces and dynamics How was the world made Why do earthquakes tornados and other bad things happen Why must we die Why do we struggle with inner feelings and impulses that tempt us to act in ways detrimental to ourselves and our loved ones And why have other cultures answered these same questions in different ways These and other big questions cannot be answered by the powers of human perception alone Yet answer them we must Thus long before modern science could be recruited to the task ancient cultures gave useful and inspiring answers answers that now compel literalistic forms of religions to engage in endless battles with the scientific worldview The way forward is to recognize that prior to advances in technology and scientific ways of testing truth claims factual answers were simply unavailable It wasn t just difficult to have a natural factual understanding of infection before microscopes brought bacteria into focus it was impossible Similarly it was impossible to understand the large scale structure of the Universe before telescopes allowed us to see galaxies Thus traditional answers to life s biggest questions are not really supernatural they are pre natural 5 TRIVIAL NOTIONS OF GOD From an evolutionary perspective any God that can be believed in or not is a trivial concept of the divine God is that all embracing all transcending Wholeness of Reality which is of supreme value and essentially ineffable That s why there are innumerable names for and characterizations of God The Whole of Reality God the Universe created human beings Human beings in turn create ideas images and metaphorical understandings of Ultimate Reality 6 DARWIN S GREAT GIFT Darwin s great gift is to us is a real God Darwin lifted the veil and gave us our first glimpse of just how God Reality created us over these billions of years really not just mythically 7 GOD AS THE LARGEST NESTED REALITY TRANSCENDING YET INCLUDING THE UNIVERSE Occasionally someone will ask me often in a concerned tone Are you equating God with the Universe God is more than the universe My typical response to to remind them that our best scientists now tell us that 96 of what we call the Universe is dark matter and dark energy and we re practically clueless as to what exactly dark matter and dark energy are Thus to say that God is more than the universe may be true But it s also true to say The universe is more than the universe We have no idea what the universe is Many people today look up and around them and think the Universe Many people two thousand years ago looked up and around them and thought God or Lord God and the Universe are terms used by human beings to

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  • Metaphorical gods vs. Reality/God: Part 1 | Thank God For Evolution
    a woman who came to one of my programs purchased some of our materials and later had a few of her family members listen to a recording of a sermon of mine She wrote I wonder if you can answer a question I had my son and at another time my son in law listen to your presentation and they came to the same conclusion they both said that you reduced God down to a metaphor Can you tell me that is not so My response Yes this is not so But the fact that two young men had pretty much the same reaction to my sermon suggests to me that either A I m not very good yet at assisting people in distinguishing imaginary gods from the real Creator or B We as a species have a long way to go before we truly get the difference between trivial and realistic notions of the divine My hunch is that both of these are the case To make matters even more interesting Yesterday I received an email from a man who had read my book reported that he enjoyed it and offered the opposite criticism He suggested that in my

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1427 (2016-04-30)
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  • Public School Battles Continue | Thank God For Evolution
    Search Public School Battles Continue AUSTIN In a major defeat for social conservatives a sharply divided State Board of Education voted Thursday to abandon a longtime state requirement that high school science teachers cover what some critics consider to be weaknesses in the theory of evolution Dallas Morning News 22 January 2009 Louisiana here too and Mississippi also have important decisions pending that will influence the teaching of science in public schools No matter how these particulars unfold my prediction is this Until the majority of churches in America preach evolution enthusiastically from the pulpit and teach evolution in inspiring ways in religious education classes we will never see an end to the science and religion war in America For those parents and pastors who truly do believe that exposure to the evolutionary sciences will lead children to question their faith and especially if a loss of that particular faith say scriptural literalism consigns the child to suffering for eternity in Hell then of course the war shall continue even as particular battles are won and lost While I am enormously grateful to the National Center for Science Education for helping educators and citizens around the country develop effective actions for countering anti evolution legislation and regulations I know that religious leaders need to do their part as well Thankfully The Clergy Letter Project has scores of sermons to download or peruse sermons delivered by clergy in Christian churches including Methodist Presbyterian UCC Episcopal Lutheran Baptist and more I highly recommend that website as a resource for clergy especially in this Year of Darwin February 12 being the 200th anniversary of his birth and November 24 set as the date for celebrating the 150th anniversary of Darwin s landmark book On the Origin of Species that launched biological evolution into

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1644 (2016-04-30)
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