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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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Part science lesson, part motivational speech, and part sermon, this book has it all. A former Young Earth creationist minister, Dowd came to the realization that it is possible to believe both in God and in evolution. To many, this is far from earth-shattering news; to Dowd, it is groundbreaking information he has taken on the road with his wife, acclaimed science writer Connie Barlow. This book is their presentation in print form. It starts with an excellent overview of Darwinian evolution, then goes a bit off track as Dowd uses terms like "Lizard Legacy" and "Monkey Mind" in trying to explain what evolution means to human psychological development; this motivational section is complete with self-help exercises to assist readers in bettering their interpersonal relationships. Next, the book goes into a sermon about how we need to tame our Monkey Minds with religion, or Higher Porpoise, whatever religious tradition we choose to follow. It wraps up well with an ecological call to stop global warming. A well-written work that presents some interesting concepts; recommended for larger libraries. --Jennifer Kuncken, Williamsburg Regional Lib., VA, Library JournalSee all Editorial Reviews
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 16 days ago by GARY MCCASLIN
Amazing book that makes excellent use of metaphors to teach evolutionary and developmental concepts. Read morePublished 20 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