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Michael Dowd is a bestselling evolutionary eco-theologian and pro-future evangelist whose work has been featured in The NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Wired, Skeptic, Discover, and on CBC, CNN, Fox News, and ABC News. An outspoken New Theist and Religious Naturalist, he is author of the bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution, which was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. He has delivered two TEDx talks, a program at the United Nations, and has hosted two acclaimed online conversation series': "The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity," and "The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness". Michael and his wife, Connie Barlow -- both climate hawks -- share the inspiring side of science in ways that offer practical tools for living and active hope for the future. Since 2002 they have addressed more than 2,000 religious and secular groups across North America. (Michael's "Reverend Reality" Youtube channel, HERE; video, audio, and text publications, HERE; personal and media website, HERE; and Wikipedia entry, HERE.)

• Michael's bio, background, and publications
• Michael's Wikipedia entry
• Connie's bio and publications
Praise from Nobel Prize-winning scientists, skeptics, and religious leaders
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America's Evolutionary Evangelists
Inspiring Naturalism
Evolving Faith



• Connie's channel: ghostsofevolution
• Michael's channel: thegreatstory
• Rev. Reality channel: Reverend Reality

WEBSITES: - Epic of evolution educational website (their main site) - Michael's book website - Michael's personal/media site - EC community site

Thank God for Evolution
Evolutionary Times
Evolutionary Christianity

THE FUTURE IS CALLING US TO GREATNESS - Skype interviews with 56 climate, peak oil, and sustainability leaders

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

• 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".

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 DELIVERED in all secular and religious settings from 2008-2012, which he also presented at the United Nations, 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.

Entries by Rev. Michael Dowd

Six Economic Powerhouses "MIFFFFed" About Climate Inaction

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 5:25 PM

A few days ago I had to begin using fingers on both hands to tally the count of economic and institutional powerhouses speaking out for strong governmental action to avert climate catastrophe. That's when I learned that giants in the global food industry had jointly issued their own...

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When Religion Fails, Economics Becomes Demonic

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 10:24 PM

Carbon pollution is undeniably the material cause of Earth's climate breakdown, but what is the root cause? Blaming our growth-dependent economic systems does not, in my view, go deep enough. Ultimately, religion is responsible -- but not in the way secularists might assume.

Crippled by what I call "the triple...

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William R. Catton, Jr. (1926-2015)

(5) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 4:07 PM

William R. Catton, Jr. -- one of the most significant and influential ecological thinkers of the past century -- died last month, just shy of his 89th birthday. Catton was an inspiration to a host of climate change, peak oil, and sustainability-oriented leaders, including many of those who...

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God in Big History (VIDEOS): Factual Faith, Sacred Realism

(11) Comments | Posted July 5, 2014 | 11:07 AM

Big History is humanity's first and only creation story derived from global collective learning. While secular, it nevertheless reveals a way of thinking and speaking about God that is undeniably and inescapably real.

A Big History approach to reality synthesizes science and religion -- head and heart...

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My TEDx Talk: Reality Reconciles Science and Religion

(34) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Language changes over time, and words create worlds. What we call Reality, the ancients called God, or if you lived in a polytheistic culture, the gods. These were personifications of our inner and outer reality. This fundamental insight not only makes sense of religious differences and bridges the science-religion divide,...

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Climate, Trees, and Legacy (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 4:41 PM

One profound psychological obstacle to advancing climate change as an American concern no less pressing than youth unemployment and sky-high health insurance costs is the paucity of possibilities for individuals to step into doable and deeply satisfying action.

Truly, climate change is such a horrifying, unintended outcome of...

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A Groundswell of Climate Activists

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 9:44 AM

Today my wife, Connie Barlow (a science writer and evolutionary educator), got a "Google Alert" that her new video on climate change was posted on the webpage of another passionate volunteer working to dislodge our nation's logjam against taking climate action. Tenney Naumer's "Climate Change: The...

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Inoculating Kids Against Fundamentalism

(16) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 7:04 PM

"We have the most amazing creation story any people have ever had," proclaims evolutionary humanist and religious naturalist Connie Barlow in her April 2013 presentation to members of the South Points Association for Exploring Religion (Birmingham, Alabama). "How Religion Is Failing Our Youth -- and What...

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Praise Darwin! Evolution Revival (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 1:18 PM

Comedian Charlie Varon "saves" his audience from worldly despair -- Oh, praise Darwin!

Fourteen minutes of entertainment and scientific education culminates in a profound identity shift: we know that we hail from a long and persistent ancestry. And we owe it to the past to secure a viable future....

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Hot Climate Scientists in Cool Places (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 4:35 PM

Ecology is the new theology and women in climate science rock!

"Climate Wake-Up" was the title of Connie's and my four-church speaking tour in Kentucky in early May. The star of our illustrated talks turned out to be the northern jet stream -- and...

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Idolatry of the Written Word

(629) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 4:32 PM

Christianity is shipwrecked on the rock of "biblical authority." Twelve hundred people a day leave the church. Porn addiction, alcohol abuse and domestic violence are epidemic in conservative parts of America. The Bible, once an asset, has become a liability. Why? Idolatry of the written word.

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Persuasion Tips From Jesus, MLK, Lincoln and Lady Gaga

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 11:16 AM

If you want to learn from the world's great orators and become a more compelling, memorable writer and speaker, Joe Romm's "Language Intelligence: Lessons on Persuasion From Jesus, Shakesphere, Lincoln, and Lady Gaga" is the place to start. I know of no better primer on

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God: Personification ≠ Person

(141) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 12:38 PM

God is a personification, not a person -- an undeniable interpretation, not an otherworldly tyrant. If we fail to grasp this, we cannot possibly understand religion or religious differences.

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." -- Philip K. Dick

Birth, life, death, the...

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Ecology Is the New Theology (VIDEO)

(28) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 6:00 PM

"Ecology is the new theology. Big history is the new Genesis. Those who fail to understand that evidence is modern-day Scripture, and that the world we live in is an honorable world, betray God and humanity in the most egregious of ways."

This is how I began a...

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Preaching on Climate Change

(15) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 11:50 AM

Since I "woke up" to the perils of climate change (see my previous blogpost), I've been preaching about climate chaos and our responsibility to future generations in guest sermons that I've been delivering in churches in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Take a look at a two-minute video...

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Climate Change: Generational Evil (VIDEO)

(162) Comments | Posted December 29, 2012 | 10:00 AM

The following video is a compact and emotionally moving overview of the problem and solutions to climate change. It is designed to be a quick and compelling way to get up to speed on the issue and help others do the same.

In 2012 the dangers of human-caused climate disturbance...

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Failing Our Youth: A Call to Religious Liberals

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 12:50 PM

A revered general falls to infidelity; an unflappable president can't quite quit nicotine; a star athlete lives strong but engages in blood doping. The cascade of unwelcome revelations about people we admire could, nonetheless, have an upside.

The series of scandals could nudge progressive churches and educational institutions to overhaul...

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A Scientific Honoring of Death

(39) Comments | Posted July 8, 2012 | 8:45 AM

Science not only increases our knowledge, it deepens our intimacy with reality. Nowhere is this more evident than in how an evidential worldview helps us honor -- indeed, celebrate -- the role of death at all scales of the cosmos.

My wife, Connie Barlow (a science writer and...

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TEDx: Why We Struggle

(40) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 11:49 AM

Faith traditions offer conflicting beliefs about our inner nature and challenges. Fortunately, a knowledge-based view is emerging that offers fresh and realistic hope for improving the quality of our lives and relationships.

Ignorance of our inherited drives has been one of the greatest causes of suffering throughout human history --...

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New Theists: Knowers, Not Believers

(983) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 2:51 PM

A new breed of theist is emerging around the globe. We are religious naturalists: Reality is our God, evidence is our Scripture, integrity is our religion, and contributing toward a healthy future is our mission.

Since April 2002, my science-writer wife Connie Barlow and I have...

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