archive-com.com » COM » T » THANKGODFOREVOLUTION.COM

Total: 426

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Pentecostal minister Michael Dowd preaches merger of science/religion after 'evolutionary epiphany' | Thank God For Evolution
    the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World Science is revelatory If we re talking about something that s real we ve got to realize that divine creativity has existed at least 14 billion years in this universe Dowd a Pentecostal preacher raised Roman Catholic said he used to argue with anyone who claimed the Earth is more than 6 000 years old He walked out of an evolution class at Evangel University in Springfield Mo But he said he experienced evolutionary epiphany in 1988 in Germany when exposed to the writings of mathematical cosmologist Brian Swimme and cultural historian and self described geologian Thomas Berry Traveling the country Now he and his wife religious naturalist and science writer Connie Barlow roam the country in a 2003 Dodge Sprinter van named Angel to relate a sacred meaningful interpretation of the history of the universe The couple have appeared in more than 1 000 venues since 2002 Dowd is slated to make presentations at Christ Community Church on Sunday and Monday I show people how our best science our best understanding of the history of the universe can be understood in faith building he said A sacred understanding of evolution helps people understand science in a God edifying Christ edifying Scripture honoring way Dowd pointed to biblical text to support his naturalist perspective In Genesis 2 7 God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul That s a poetic way of saying we emerged from the earth Dowd said We grow out of the universe like an apple grows out of an apple tree that s how God created us I show people biblical language biblical metaphors that we can

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1859 (2016-04-30)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Evangelists present evolution in a ‘sacred way’ | Thank God For Evolution
    how we view the universe but also the source of comfort andsolace and inspiration and hope all of the kinds of things thattraditionally come from religion My coming from the science side and having never really embraced anysort of religious perspective for me it s just become a wonderful wayto have all the benefits of religion in my life For Michael it is a way to hold on to the core concepts of hisChristian understanding while not having to wait for some other worldor some future in order to get the benefits It s all right here now So the two of us got together got married got on the road togetherand have been living on the road ever since presenting in religious andsecular settings all across the United States Barlow calls the basisfor her message The Great Story humanity s common14 billion year old evolutionary science based sacred story of cosmicgenesis To Barlow the message is good news It is a way to come home to who we are in the universe and feel goodabout where we ve been who our ancestors are and our perspectivejourney for the future The Great Story is religious in nature because it puts us in accordwith the universe It s a way of helping us have an understanding away to answer the basic questions that our children ask us Much of Barlow s work as an evolutionary evangelist is with children Children are concrete literalists they don t appreciate myth andmetaphor in quite the way that adults do When children ask how it allbegan they want to know They want the concrete answer without themetaphors put on there We Are Made of Stardust is the name Barlow has chosen for her 8 to12 week evolutionary curriculum for primary school age groups Literally we are all made of stardust says Barlow The story of the stars is important for children to understand therole that death plays in the universe Without the death of stars there would be no planets and no life Without the death of ancestor starsand the recycling of their elements all there would be would be greatclouds of hydrogen gas and helium gas and you can t make life and youcan t make planets from that We are the first people to have an explanation for how death came intothe world and we say Hallelujah There is nothing wrong here Without the death of stars there could be no planets We are not just related to monkeys We are related to the stars and Ihave yet to find any children who don t find that to be inspirational For Barlow a humanist preaching the Great Story alongside her husband a theologian has expanded her own vision of God The old vision of God is trivial compared to the new version we cometo when we understand how vast the universe is how old the universe isand how creative the universe has been throughout its entire14 billion year story To Michael Dowd the

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1866 (2016-04-30)
    Open archived version from archive

  • 'Thank God for Evolution' author on Island tomorrow | Thank God For Evolution
    at 7 p m at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island in New Brighton A former anti evolutionist Rev Dowd now preaches evolution as theology not theory In New York with his wife Connie Barlow for a monthlong visit that included an address to the United Nations Values Caucus Rev Dowd will give a presentation at the church titled Evolution and the Global Integrity Crisis In a press release Rev Dowd said Facts are God s native tongue God is still communicating truth today through both religious insights and scientific discoveries The words God and evolution are pointing to the same divine creative process The preacher and his wife have been traveling around the country in their van speaking at churches colleges and community gatherings Raised Catholic Rev Dowd became a born again Christian following a mountaintop experience on a solo backpacking trip while serving in the U S Army in Berlin He later earned a master of divinity degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored churches in Massachusetts Michigan and Ohio When he met his wife an atheist science writer they saw the possibility of the marriage of science and religion which can provide the real moral guidance

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1788 (2016-04-30)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Trying to meld religion, science | Thank God For Evolution
    come under the umbrella of humanities or worldview classes Dowd travels the country with his wife Connie Barlow spreading the message that science and religion enrich each other He will take his message to Texas Wesleyan in Fort Worth on Tuesday as part of its annual University College Day an event that includes exhibits and discussions about topics such as literature science math and social studies Dowd was invited because his comments will likely spark a lot of conversations said Bob Landolt Texas Wesleyan chemistry professor There s been some controversy he said That s not the point of bringing him to Texas Wesleyan Dowd says he doesn t believe in evolution He accepts the overwhelming evidence of evolution He also said he doesn t merely believe in God I know God I have a personal relationship with God He makes the point in his book that my intent is to help you see what I see science and religion can be mutually enriching We are in the early stages of one of the most far reaching transformations into which human consciousness has ever ascended Today s conflict between science and religion is the catalyst by which both will mature in healthy ways Neither will drive the other into extinction Here is my vision Within the first half of this century virtually all of us believers and nonbelievers alike will come to appreciate that evolution is a gift to religion and that meaning making is a gift to science As the religions come to embrace the science based history of the cosmos each tradition s core insights will be accessed in larger more realistic ways than ever before Dowd will travel to a state polarized by the evolution issue Last month the State Board of Education reached a compromise on

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1790 (2016-04-30)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Thank God for Evolution! | Thank God For Evolution
    and teaching partner Connie an exemplary teacher and scholar in her own right To many people their relationship appears on the surface to be laden with paradox Connie comes from a background of natural sciences and evolutionary studies and has described herself in the past using words like atheist humanist or religious naturalist Michael on the other hand comes from a religious Pentecostal background and can be described as spiritual mystical evangelical etc This is not at all a conflict for Michael or Connie as it is terribly obvious to them how both their passions stem from an identical source deep in their shared heart But the seeming disparity between these two very different approaches to reality confuses a great many people as Michael says more often than not the first question he is asked when interviewed is how can you two actually be together Connie has suggested that Michael begin answering by simply stating because she is really good in bed And that my friends is how marrying heaven and earth is done Religulous and the New Atheists 7 37 In 2008 Bill Maher host of HBO s Real Time with Bill Maher released a film titled Religulous a scathing critique of religious fundamentalism adding Maher s voice to the already raucous choir of so called New Atheists who are doing everything they can to remember the cruelties and loosen the grasp religious fundamentalism has upon the world Stuart laments the apparent lack of developmental context the loudest proponents of atheism seem to display noting the hidden irony that in trying to be the secular guardians of the theory of evolution most atheists don t seem to understand that they are actually attacking evolution in its most sophisticated form human development That is what they are actually criticizing is a specific bandwidth of human consciousness and not spirituality or religion per se they may use words like God or religion as the target of their arguments but what they really mean is a particular trend of fundamentalism ethno centricism and black and white thinking associated with the mythic worldview By throwing the baby of spirituality and sacred connection out with the bathwater of mythic religion the New Atheists are creating a rupture in growth and psychological maturity adding fuel to the violent fire that exists between modern and pre modern worldviews Defending evolution by trying to eliminate the mythic worldview is like trying to preserve a rainforest by getting rid of all the trees From sacred myth to sacred math our connection with the divine can reach out to the edges of the visible universe stretching back billion years to the birth of the Kosmos itself feeling the Big Bang flitter against our cheek like a kiss from our timeless Beloved Wouldn t it be nice if people like Bill Maher Sam Harris Richard Dawkins Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens would simply get these developmental nuances and learn to appreciate pre rational worldviews the same way a botanist appreciates

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1792 (2016-04-30)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Science is my job - faith is my rock | Thank God For Evolution
    evolutionary process The professor holds two strikingly contrary PhDs one in theology and the other in evolutionary biology his specialty is the evolution of teeth and jaws Ever since an explosion of science religion dialogue 15 years ago both communities have comprehended that guys like me can exist Dr Lamoureux said Rev Ambury Stuart a climate change scientist who was ordained a United Church minister in 2004 said that while some of his science colleagues were onside with his new career choice others thought it was irrational As for his religious colleagues several of the more conservative were scratching their heads wary that he might manipulate the faith I struggled with this all my life I grew up in the United Church I always attended You say Well can you believe in God if you believe in Newton s laws And the short answer is yes you can but it takes a while Mr Stuart said You have to think through a lot of stuff It s not simplistic You try and divide your brain into two bits One bit you ll use on Sunday and the rest of it you ll use the rest of the week and it doesn t work It doesn t have to Evolutionary evangelist Michael Dowd s book Thank God For Evolution helped Mr Stuart smooth out his own message at Glebe Road United Church in Toronto He weaves his scientific passions into his sermons You can look at scripture and say this means a whole lot more than we ever thought it meant before because it applies to everything Mr Stuart said The idea that we are related that we are kin with the rest of life is essential for Christianity to do anything constructive in the ecological crisis Others are helping budding

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1761 (2016-04-30)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Thank God (?) for evolution | Thank God For Evolution
    areas of science together describing how they are woven into this beautiful story a myth that represents the truth Fish said Fish said she wanted to include Dowd in the Season for Nonviolence because the story of evolution and diversity holds universal appeal My individual story or my culture s story may be different than someone else s but it is part of the same whole Fish said So much conflict today in the world comes from us holding our culture out as entirely different when it is part of the same story Raised Catholic Dowd had a born again experience while serving in the U S Army in Germany in 1979 He eventually became a Pentecostal minister Later however he became friends with a former Trappist monk described as a Buddhist Christian who helped expand his own thinking evolve Over time Dowd began to accept broader spiritual and scientific ideas including evolution and underwent what he called a second born again experience Today Dowd and his wife Connie who holds a degree in biology from Michigan State University drive across North America in their Dodge van which they call Angel They set up laptops and on the road offices in host families guest rooms as they move from speaking engagement to speaking engagement They sleep in the van each night Dowd considers carrying the evolutionary message his life s mission Science has always been presented in a way that is devoid of meaning in the way that religion is Dowd said in a phone interview earlier this week So why would anyone trade science for religion My work is about helping the religious community embrace science with the interpretation that it is deeply magnificent and inspiring Dowd said it is the literal interpretations of the Biblical creation story that limit the power and scope of God s endeavor Human beings have always needed to have a way of looking toward the future with trust rather than fear look back with gratitude and look to their present life with the hope and expectation necessary to be in action Dowd said Religions have traditionally performed that role but no one until recently has pointed to science as offering empirically the same things As Dowd sees it the Earth and cosmic history are part of a multi billion year holy narrative It s a story he believes to be more compelling elegant and inspiring than that of a supernatural power from outside the system acting in seven days Dowd doesn t discount Christianity but joins it with this holy narrative of evolution The proof that life is everlasting Dowd said is evident in the cycle of chaos and breakdowns from which ever newer and greater changes have brought ever more complex and diverse species and associations He compared the cycle of birth life death and rebirth in the universe with the story of Jesus death on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter And as life in the universe has grown increasingly diverse

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1759 (2016-04-30)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Why pastor Michael Dowd evangelizes on evolution | Thank God For Evolution
    to draw opposition from many Christian faith groups because it conflicts with their beliefs that God is the creator of life as told in the biblical Book of Genesis However Dowd an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ travels the country speaking about the ways science and religion peacefully intersect when it comes to evolution Dowd recently spoke at First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City on the topic of his new book Thank God for Evolution How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World He said reality is revealing itself in ways it was unable to do in the past Evolution he said is a reality the Apostle Paul the Reformation s Martin Luther Islam s Prophet Muhammad and other religious leaders couldn t have known without telescopes and microscopes Prior to an evolutionary understanding a scientific understanding it was just difficult to explain how the world came to be how the Atlantic Ocean was formed how the moon came into being Dowd said He said he is passionate about the concept of evolution for three reasons A sacred understanding of evolution builds bridges between science and religion It bridges head and heart Dowd said religious differences can be more easily understood when seen through the lens of evolution and can help explain why some cultures speak of Father Lord and warrior and others speak of mother and goddess Evolution gives man guidance as a species and as individuals and families Who would have a first century dentist fill their children s teeth Yet there are people letting first century theologians fill their children s minds Dowd said I m not putting down church or religion I m lifting up science as revelatory Evolution gives mankind a sense of realistic hope It

    Original URL path: http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/node/1750 (2016-04-30)
    Open archived version from archive



  •