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Since 2002, ordained United Church of Christ minister Dowd and his wife, science writer Connie Barlow, have traveled the country celebrating evolution as a grand epic story with a host of psychological and moral implications for shaping contemporary life. As narrator, Dowd projects an earnest next-door neighbor teaching style that earns a measure of patience and forgiveness when he undertakes divergent metaphors and analogies that may leave listeners scratching their heads at times. Dowds talking points offer a potpourri of scientific and theological insights that remain generally engaging, though not necessarily stirring. He reaches the peak of his effectiveness when he provides specific calls to actions for his audience to meld flat-Earth Christianity and evolutionary Christianity in both their personal problem-solving and in larger global challenges. These nuggets make the lengthy journey worthwhile, at least for those in the fields of science and religion wanting to foster new areas for dialogue beyond the current culture wars. A Viking hardcover. (Sept.)
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"Dowd presents evolution as a sacred epic of emerging complexity."
-The New York Times
"Dowd masterfully unites rationality and spirituality in a world view that celebrates the mysteries of existence... A powerful book!"
-Craig Mello, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine
In my almost six decades of reading books, there have been very few that have hit me as a reading to recommend to “everyone I know.” This book falls into that category. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Walt
Life changing book. Michael Dowd is a powerful and clear writer and his material is inspiring. It is delightfully free from New Age mumbo jumbo and a comfortable read. Read morePublished 20 days ago by GARY MCCASLIN
Amazing book that makes excellent use of metaphors to teach evolutionary and developmental concepts. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Daniel Capote
The most wise book I have read - it links all my "ponderings and wondering" together - I know we are all blessed and loved by the cosmic great spirit.Published 1 month ago by maureen brasnett
Awful. An exercise in self-promotion and personal aggrandizement.Published 1 month ago by W. T. Soeldner
Great blend of science and religion. Many interesting ideas that expand the mind and helps put religion as an action word of deeds to both other people and the planet.Published 5 months ago by Bob McCullough
He did a masterful job in translating Christian ideas int the new science of evolutionary cosmology. Read morePublished 6 months ago by James Anest