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    PASTOR Thank God for Evolution is a smart provocative and deeply personal book that delights in finding cohesive common ground for many otherwise divergent even warring schools of thought My thinking was stirred My beliefs were challenged My point of view was stretched An inspiringly original vision of our origins KEVIN W McCARTHY AUTHOR OF THE ON PURPOSE PERSON AND THE ON PURPOSE BUSINESS UNITY NEW THOUGHT Michael s book a sacred look at cosmic history and emergent creativity from multiple angles will ignite a revolution in evolution for any reader Here is a book that promises to deliver and delivers on its promises REV HOWARD CAESAR SENIOR MINISTER UNITY CHURCH OF CHRISTIANITY HOUSTON Thank God for Evolution is a seminal work It crosses the great divide between science and religion by offering a new all inclusive science based spirit infused way for us to move together as co evolutionary participants in the process of creation It is a gift to all of us I recommend it with all my heart BARBARA MARX HUBBARD PRESIDENT FOUNDATION FOR CONSCIOUS EVOLUTION AUTHOR OF EMERGENCE Michael your book is a gift to humanity and the Earth especially at this critical point in human history Thank you from all of us who will lead better lives and make greater contributions because of your insights MARY MANIN MORRISSEY PAST PRESIDENT ASSOCIATION OF GLOBAL NEW THOUGHT Michael Dowd s passion for the subject of science and religion is only matched by his broad understanding of this relevant and practical message And folks are hungry to hear it in the way he presents it He is helping many to connect the dots and incorporate evolutionary integrity practices into their lives REV STEVE BOLEN SENIOR MINISTER UNITY CHURCH OF THE HILLS AUSTIN TX Michael Dowd s message brings understanding and peace of mind to those who have had difficulty in reconciling Biblical information with scientific data He helps us see that there is and always has been a Divine hand in our universe His insightful presentation stirs the hearts and minds of all who hear His book inspires realistic hope for our world ELLEN FANNIN DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL ACTIVITIES UNITY CHURCH OF THE HILLS AUSTIN TX UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST Michael Dowd s marvelous use of scientific information religious metaphor humor and sheer delight in his subject s carries us to new places where evolution and the deep stories of religion converge His book is a gift for our time REV LAUREL HALLMAN SENIOR MINISTER FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF DALLAS Dowd has given us a bridge across one of the major chasms of our times religion and evolution His passion for both science and religion is contagious Reading his book one can see that the discourse itself has just evolved to a whole new level REV MARLIN LAVANHAR SENIOR MINISTER ALL SOULS UNITARIAN CHURCH TULSA Michael Dowd is one of the most popular presenters we ve had the pleasure to host at the First Unitarian Society of Madison Now with a book length treatment of his gospel of evolution he provides us with a treasure trove of cogent information practical application and just plain inspiration Dowd successfully meets the challenge of addressing seekers across the theological spectrum and gives modern secular readers a fresh perspective on traditional religious themes and usages This is a book I would gladly and securely recommend not only to members of my own humanist inclined congregation but to my evangelical relatives as well REV MICHAEL SCHULER SENIOR MINISTER FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF MADISON The great scourge of our time is not immorality drugs or greed Rather the greatest threat of our age is that so many of us believe in our hearts that life is without meaning or purpose and thus our actions reflect this Michael Dowd has methodically demonstrated in this book that a modern rational scientific worldview does not lead to nihilism Rather a full embrace of a scientifically based understanding of the world is key to a powerful religious faith that offers us meaning wonder joy and tremendous hope for solving our most pressing global and human problems SALLY BETH SHORE COMMUNITY MINISTER UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE SWANNANOA VALLEY This book is a meditation on five years of conversation with Americans of all religious persuasions on the meaning of revelation in an age of secular inquiry It acknowledges the many flash points of conflict between some orthodox doctrines and the current state of scientific theory about the origins of the universe and of life A most helpful bridge between alternative visions of worth destiny and salvation JOHN BREWER TECHNICAL WRITER UU EPIC OF EVOLUTION ENTHUSIAST A joy and inspiriation to read Michael s visionary words lay to rest the tired if not fraudulent argument that there s a conflict between faith and science I admit I m at times discouraged confronting the problems of the world and wonder if we even have time for this But story by story I am uplifted Here is the motivation for doing good with our lives we are inextricably the creation creating and if we re not participationg in the healing we re in the way JIM SCOTT SINGER SONGWRITER Amidst the quarrels between scientists and fundamentalists theists and atheists liberals and conservatives comes this wonderful book about our common journey and the stupendous story that we all share Michael Dowd s worldview is desperately needed if we are to find a future together on this tiny little planet PETER MAYER SINGER SONGWRITER J EWISH Michael Dowd has written a book that is at once fun to read and a significant contribution to those who think about God without the blindfolds of past centuries Dowd affirms science and shows how a spiritually alive consciousness must embrace evolution and understand it in the wider context of a world filled with the presence of God It will be faith renewing to many Christians and has much from which people of all faiths can learn RABBI MICHAEL LERNER EDITOR OF TIKKUN NATIONAL CHAIR OF THE NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES AUTHOR OF THE LEFT HAND OF GOD For too long evangelical fervor and the sense that we all called to live a purpose driven life have been identified as conservative values The progressive community is good at critique but exceedingly poor in articulating a postive and compelling vision Michael Dowd s new book is a landmark contribution in this regard It charts a vision of the infinite calling each one of us to fulfill our desiny The author s love and grace come through on every page Thank you Michael for moving our planet one step forward in our jounrey to Liberation RABBI MARC GAFNI AUTHOR OF MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SOUL PRINTS Michael s book touches something that resonates deep within all of us For some it will provide new answers where old answers are in question Others will begin a search to discover their own cosmology much as Michael has done for himself and shared so beautifully MILT MARKEWITZ JEWISH RENEWAL MOVEMENT PORTLAND OR BUDDHIST HINDU A publishing event of rare significance this exhilarating book moves us at last beyond false separations of science and religion With true evangelical fervor it liberates both heart and mind in service to the great adventure of our time the rediscovery of our mutual belonging and our kinship with all life With breathtaking clarity Michael Dowd not only treats us to a panoramic vision of our origins but reveals how this Great Story can grace our lives right now with courage creativity and peace of mind Such gifts are not only our birthright they are essential now for our survival JOANNA MACY BUDDHIST ECO PHILOSOPHER AUTHOR OF WORLD AS LOVER WORLD AS SELF AND COMING BACK TO LIFE Michael Dowd gives us his creative mind and caring heart to offer his insight and wisdom in this innovative new answer to one of the core questions of our time the meaning of our existence in the modern Universe Everyone concerned with the deepest questions of science religion who we are and our place in the Universe absolutely should read this book JACK SEMURA BUDDHIST PRACTITIONER THEORETICAL PHYSICIST PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY Michael Dowd offers us a lens for observing that our understanding of God necessarily evolves through the public revelation of science We can now realize and experience that God is here now that Creation is ongoing and that God is greater than the limited knowledge and expression of historic human thought and language I thank Michael for offering that at the core of religion and spirituality is our aspiration to experience the integrity of Self Other and The Whole and that anything that diminishes that integrity is a SIN Sensed Integrity Nullification I hope you like I am are inspired by this great work of clarifying the great stories of Creation and that this book furthers your own great work in the world MARK R JONES DHARMA TEACHER CEO THE SUNYATA GROUP AND THE INTEGRAL WELLNESS GROUP How did we as humans get to be where we are Where does humanity go from here For centuries answers offered by the Religions and Evolutionary Theory have been deemed to be contradictory The proverbial twains that have yet to meet causing us to think that they never can or will Michael Dowd s book Thank God for Evolution demonstrates convincingly that they indeed can and do so They are the two sides to the same coin of divinity I recommend it to the skeptics on both sides SESH VELAMOOR TRUSTEE FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE PAST PRESIDENT INDIA ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN WASHINGTON IAWW EVOLUTIONARY ENLIGHTENMENT INTEGRAL SPIRAL DYNAMICS Michael Dowd s unrestrained passionate call is as infectious as it is timely And he s right It is nothing less than urgent that we abandon any and all notions of a static universe or a static god for that matter so that we will be able to take up the reins of our cosmic inheritance and endeavor boldly and heroically to create the future in the most conscious way possible ANDREW COHEN SPIRITUAL TEACHER FOUNDER OF ENLIGHTENNEXT MAGAZINE Few subjects today arouse more passion than the culture war between traditional religion and evolutionary science Dowd s timely book offers a refreshing third way and introduces us to a promising new field emerging on the edges of contemporary culture evolutionary spirituality Integrating breakthrough ideas from evolutionary psychology neuroscience physics and evolutionary biology Dowd makes a compelling case for why the spiritual and religious impulse is not erased but profoundly enriched by our ever expanding knowledge of self nature and cosmos With the enthusiasm of an evangelical and the open mindedness of a scientist he offers the reader a smorgasbord of fascinating new ideas and begins a discussion about the theological future of Christianity that is long overdue CARTER PHIPPS EXECUTIVE EDITOR ENLIGHTENNEXT MAGAZINE According to Sir Francis Bacon A little science estranges a man from God a lot of science brings him back Now Michael Dowd has shown us how this is also true of evolution itself In fact the story of how the universe has developed and progressed through time is increasingly being recognized as a profound spiritual teaching destined to edify humanity for ages to come Thank God for Evolution is thus an important work in this growing effort to discover and appreciate the revelation of evolution in its fullness I recommend it wholeheartedly STEVE MCINTOSH AUTHOR OF INTEGRAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE FUTURE OF EVOLUTION In Thank God for Evolution Michael Dowd deftly transcends the raging battle between science and religion while embracing the goodness truth and beauty of both worlds His work is an integral masterstroke that is accessible to everyone utterly serious and factually rigorous while at the same time lighthearted and uplifting The poet Rumi said that the soul is here for its own joy and Michael manages to evoke this sense while teaching evolutionary dynamics As an adult educator I say this is the way learning should be and I can t recommend this book enough SUSAN CANNON INTEGRAL EDUCATOR AND FUTURIST Michael Dowd is one of my heroes I m pleased to see more and more people address the patterns of human emergence Michael has made a significant contribution to understanding this critical aspect of human nature DON BECK CO FOUNDER OF THE NATIONAL VALUES CENTER CEO OF SPIRAL DYNAMICS GROUP Michael has written a beautiful book that embraces everyone trumps outdated disagreements and takes us all to the next level of hope and inspiration This Great Story can unite us all in a passionate and intellectually satisfying vision of why we are here and how magnificent it all is Read and be engaged in the real hero s journey the journey to the center of everything and to the center of yourself CINDY WIGGLESWORTH PRESIDENT CONSCIOUS PURSUITS INC Every so often a book comes along with a message so fresh so timely and so encompassing that it seems it could actually change the world This is just such a book demonstrating that the scientifically revealed story of evolution is the most inspiring creation myth of all CRAIG HAMILTON NEW DIMENSIONS RADIO AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST RELIGIOUS NATURALIST EPIC OF EVOLUTION The beauty of the Epic of Evolution is its capacity to anchor and birth a multitude of religious responses Dowd offers us an impassioned vision forged during his encounters with countless seekers of how the Great Story can enrich and indeed make sense of traditional religious orientations while leaving plenty of room for readers not comfortable with God language Refreshing honest unpretentious and deep URSULA GOODENOUGH PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY AUTHOR OF THE SACRED DEPTHS OF NATURE Michael Dowd s new book should be made into a Hollywood film An evangelical Christian preacher Michael and an atheist evolutionary naturalist Connie Barlow fall in love marry one another and give birth to their stunning new vision that promises healing for so many If you love God if you love the animals if you love Jesus if you love the flowers and Sun and Moon here s the book that will help you gather all these loves together BRIAN SWIMME PROFESSOR OF COSMOLOGY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF INTEGRAL STUDIES SAN FRANCISCO CO AUTHOR OF THE UNIVERSE STORY Dowd belongs to that tradition of religious thinkers from Thomas Aquinas to Thomas Berry that illuminates the Universe as revelation of the Divine Aimed straight at the unnecessary split between Christianity and current cosmology this significant work has revolutionary implications for our collective worldview Michael Dowd is a voice the world needs DREW DELLINGER DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL ECOLOGY JOHN F KENNEDY UNIVERSITY FOUNDER OF POETS FOR GLOBAL JUSTICE AUTHOR OF LOVE LETTER TO THE MILKY WAY Michael Dowd s book Thank God for Evolution is a heroic accomplishment Not only does it succeed in blazing new trails between the heart and the mind it does so with the exciting seemingly dangerous soulforce of an Old Testament prophet No idle entertainment here this book fills you with wonder and changes your life JESSICA RICE MUSICIAN AND EDUCATOR OAKLAND CA Read this book Then read it again Then share it with everyone you know Dowd s comprehensive synthesis of evolutionary psychology biology and theology is a 21st century operating manual for the consciously evolving human being Thank God for Evolution is not only a brilliant articulation of the profound interconnections between science and spirituality it is also a practical guidebook for living an evolutionary radiant scientifically informed and faith foundationed life HARRY PICKENS PIANIST COMPOSER GROUP FACILITATOR CEO of IN TUNE WITH LIFE Michael Dowd is a pioneering voice for a deep spirituality that both celebrates the wisdom of science and is juicy with love intimacy and aliveness With intelligence enthusiasm and humor he welcomes us to participate in the unfolding discovery of our own spirituality within the sacred revelation that is our evolving universe DUANE ELGIN AUTHOR OF PROMISE AHEAD VOLUNTARY SIMPLICITY THE LIVING UNIVERSE This is a much needed book even a Holy Book a scripture for a spiritual renewal available to all religions as well as people living outside organized religion Michael writes with verve and courage He is a true Evangel bringing a message of wholeness to everyone His arguments for recognizing the inherent relationship of religion and science as the YinYang of the human experience are compelling BILL BRUEHL PLAYWRIGHT SENECA SC There is so much in this book to admire and to take inspiration from Michael s gutsy reframing of Original Sin is especially welcomed The book is a timely bridge a reconciliation not only of science and religion but of all that keeps us separate It is above all a compassionate and masterful exploration a prophetic vision of our evolving human nature Michael delivers the magnificent story of the universe straight to the heart PAULINE LA BEL COSMOLOGICAL PLAYWRIGHT AND SINGER A recovering fundamentalist reveals the profound spiritual power of our evolutionary story A must for both sides of the debate PETER RUSSELL AUTHOR OF THE GLOBAL BRAIN AND FROM SCIENCE TO GOD No one brings evolution up closer and more personal than Michael Dowd Convincingly making science itself a gift of God Dowd shows us a meaningful living universe It s high time to know our true evolutionary potential as this book shows it and to engage in fulfilling our evolutionary destiny together ELISABET SAHTOURIS EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGIST AUTHOR OF EARTHDANCE LIVING SYSTEMS IN EVOLUTION AND A WALK THRU TIME FROM STARDUST TO US Cutting edge organizational thinking has revealed that focusing on the positive can lead to real change focusing on problems is lifeless While pondering the survival of the human species may be a powerful motivator for some focusing on humanity s place in an evolving sacred Universe will change our relationship with planet Earth for centuries to come This is what Michael Dowd does artfully and powerfully This is a book to read and re read but

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  • Responses to Our Public Presentations | Thank God For Evolution
    message we have been called to communicate resonates with the vast majority of those to whom we ve presented from Catholics and Quakers to Baptists and Buddhists to UUs and gurus We are also grateful for the generous enthusiastic comments of Nobel laureates and other science and religion luminaries who read Thank God for Evolution TGFE and offered their feedback and endorsements I wrote about responses from science leaders a few weeks ago and about responses from religous leaders yesterday What follows is a sampling of responses to our sermons seminars and other public presentations from teachers in various secular and religious contexts as well as from religious leaders and congregants across the theological spectrum grouped by religous orientation I share this not because I think Connie and I are so great We re not We are just two flawed people on a mission doing what we feel compelled to do and doing it the best we can given our unique sets of gifts and limitations I share these stories and quotes to highlight the fact that many religous people from very different backgrounds and traditions have come to embrace a view of science in general and evolution specifically that strengthens and deepens their faith fills them with hope and enriches their lives in nearly every conceivable way For those of us who have experienced this we celebrate evolution not merely as the Truth of how everything was divinely created but also and perhaps even more importantly because it is so utterly beautiful and useful By beautiful I mean awesome meaningful inspiring eliciting our deepest love trust gratitude and co operative service By useful I mean practical fruitful empowering an enormous blessing to our lives our relationships and our world Responses to Our Public Presentations STORIES OF AWAKENING most inspiring

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  • For the Religious (Across the Theological Spectrum) | Thank God For Evolution
    Audio Video Flyers Posters Schedule Store The Great Story Search For the Religious Across the Theological Spectrum One of the challenges Connie and I face in our Great Story telling ministry is trying to speak meaningfully to a wide variety of religious and non religous groups 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 posts of mine written during the past year that devoutly as well as nominally religious people tend to find inspiring provocative or both Responses from Religious Leaders and Congregants 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 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

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  • For the Non-religious and Anti-religious | Thank God For Evolution
    Get Involved Evangelize Posters Flyers Donate Testimonials Subscribe Study Guides Media Audio Video Flyers Posters Schedule Store The Great Story Search 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 even an occasional zoo What follows are posts of mine written during the past year that non religious science oriented folk humanists skeptics freethinkers and atheists tend to appreciate Science Leaders Praise Thank God for Evolution Best Evolution Resources Big History The Teaching Company Even Rocks Evolve Creationist Confusion Evolution as Meaningful Inspiring Fact A Place at the Podium guest post by my wife Connie Evolve or Perish The Way It Is Fallacy An Atheist Challenge Responding to Mixed Reviews Evolution Now Evolutionary Religious Studies Waking Up to the Evolutionary Message of Our Times guest post by Tom Atlee Responses From

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  • Thank God For Evolution
    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 Search This book will change the minds and even the hearts of people who have

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  • Thank God For Evolution
    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 Michael I love your book Excellent Really powerful stuff We re fortunate to have you on our side the our being humanity Michael Shermer Founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine columnist for

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  • Thank God For Evolution
    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 Search A radical and astounding book guaranteed to enrich your life and understanding of your place in the universe

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  • Thank God For Evolution
    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 Thank God for Evolution is a voice of sanity and inspiration revealing a way not only toward a deeper Christianity but a deeper humanity It inspires faith not that a magical force will save us if we

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