[asa] Former creationist preaches gospel of evolution

From: John Walley <john_walley@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon Jan 14 2008 - 18:55:49 EST

Former creationist preaches gospel of evolution

Preacher travels country urging all to embrace science

By <mailto:eflynn@statesman.com> Eileen E. Flynn
Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Rev. Michael Dowd gave up a permanent home to travel the country
spreading his gospel in the hope of reconciling disparate beliefs. But the
former pastor's gospel may shock many Christians.

Dowd preaches "evolution theology," a view that promotes evolutionary
science and God as the ultimate reality.


The Rev. Michael Dowd travels U.S. urging all to embrace science.

In Dowd's mind, you can have Darwin and the divine.

Dowd is so committed to spreading his message that he offers his book -
"Thank God for Evolution! How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will
Transform Your Life and Our World" - as a free download on his Web site.

The presentations that he and his wife give at churches and other venues are
also free. But DVD and book sales help finance their ministry.

For more than five years, Dowd, 49, and his wife, Connie Barlow, a science
writer, have traveled the country in a high-top van that they named Angel
and asked audiences from many backgrounds to consider evolution theology.

Their work has drawn praise from Nobel Prize-winning scientists.

The couple will speak at 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday at First
Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave.

"We don't try to show evangelicals or young earth creationists or
intelligent design people that we're right and they're wrong," Dowd said.
"Evolution gives me a bigger God, an undeniably real God."

Dowd believes that God's revelations didn't stop in biblical times but
continued in the form of scientific discovery, a worldview that he thinks is
important as public schools grapple with how to teach evolution, Americans
choose a new president, and the world faces environmental threats.

"If somebody believes that Jesus, the cosmic janitor, is going to return on
a cloud and clean up the mess we made, they're more likely to have a less
responsible way of thinking about the future and handing on a healthy,
sustainable world," Dowd said.

Dowd said that booking his talks at Unitarian churches is easier because of
the denomination's liberal theology but that he wants to spend more time
this year talking to evangelical Christians who either grudgingly accept
evolution or aggressively try to dismiss it as incompatible with Scripture.

Dowd said he understands the fear of allowing science to trump faith because
he was once a biblical literalist who believed that the Earth was 6,000
years old

Over the years, though, he said, a Passionist priest led him to find a more
powerful narrative of God and discover a "God-glorifying, Christ-edifying
view of evolution."

For more information on Dowd's work, go to www.thankgodforevolution.com.

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