Michael Dowd is a religious naturalist, evidential mystic, and big history evangelist. An outspoken "New Theist," he is the author of the bestselling, bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World (Viking/Plume), which was endorsed by 6 Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics/atheists, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. He has been featured on national TV, on CNN, Fox News, and ABC News (video clips), delivered a TEDx talk in May, 2012, and has been a Distinguished Lecturer at CalTech (sponsored by The Skeptic Society) and at the United Nations. He is also the host of the online conversation series, "The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity" and "Evolutionize Your Life" free online teleseminar.
Michael and his evolutionary educator wife, Connie Barlow, share the inspiring side of science in ways that offer practical tools for living and realistic hope for the future. Since April 2002 they have traveled North America non-stop, and have addressed more than 1,700 groups—from Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Unitarian churches, to skeptic, freethinker, and secular high school, college, and university settings, to New Thought, New Age, and Eastern spirituality groups.
In addition to television, Michael and Connie's work has been featured in numerous national and local print and radio media, including The NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and Discover magazine.
• Michael's bio and publications
• Connie's bio and publications
• Praise from Nobel Prize-winning scientists, skeptics, and religious leaders
• Complete news archive
• America's Evolutionary Evangelists
• Inspiring Naturalism
• Evolving Faith
SCIENCE-CELEBRATING EVOLUTIONARY CURRICULA for Children and Youth
SCIENCE-CELEBRATING MUSIC VIDEOS - for Individuals and Groups
• Connie's channel: ghostsofevolution
• Michael's channel: thegreatstory
• TheGreatStory.org - Epic of evolution educational website (their main site)
• ThankGodforEvolution.com - Michael's book website
• MichaelDowd.org - Michael's personal/media site
• EvolutionaryChristianity.com/blog - EC community site
• Thank God for Evolution
• Evolutionary Times
• Evolutionary Christianity
• Emergent Village Voice
EVOLUTIONARY CHRISTIANITY - Digital Audio Course and Leaders Manual
Interviews with 38 of the world's most esteemed Christian scientists, theologians, and ministers who wholeheartedly embrace evolution and cherish scientific, historic, and cross-cultural evidence.
EVOLUTIONARY CATHOLICS - subset of 12 conversations with Roman Catholic science and religion luminaries
EVOLUTIONARY CREATION - subset of 10 conversations with Evangelical or other theologically conservative Christian thought leaders
EVOLUTIONIZE YOUR LIFE:
• Free teleseminar
• 5-week online course
How to eliminate self-judgment and create a big-hearted life of purpose and joyful integrity by honoring your Stone Age Instincts. (It's basically about how new discoveries in evolutionary brain science clarify how to gain freedom from self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, cultivate healthy relationships, and thrive in the face of life’s challenges. It also REALizes, or naturalizes, ancient mythic insights, such as "The Fall" and "Original Sin".
UNDERSTANDING HUMAN NATURE, FOR REAL
• Our physical instincts
• Our social Instincts
• Our interpretive Instincts
• Our "spiritual" Instincts
Online VIDEO and AUDIO programs of Michael and Connie in action:
Here and here (scroll down).
THE MAIN PROGRAM MICHAEL IS NOW DELIVERING in all secular and religious settings, which he also presented at the United Nations in 2009, can be found on YouTube in two versions: one narrated (in two parts) and one live.
Program description: Rev. Dowd shows how a meaningful science-based understanding of human nature, death, and the trajectory of big history can offer a realistically hopeful and inspiring vision of the future. He also offers practical tools for growing in right relationship to reality that can enrich and even transform one's life and interaction. Uniquely gifted at building bridges between religious and non-religious people, Michael shares humanity's common creation story in ways that uplift and expand heart, mind, and soul. His passion is showing how a science-informed spirituality can inspire each of us to live with greater integrity, joy, and zest for life — and can also deepen appreciation of traditional spiritual insights.
• NH Public Television documentary on Rev. Dowd and the above program.
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