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Thank God for Evolution!: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World Hardcover – November 1, 2007
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The idea is this: we can accept as public truth and as "daytime" knowledge the facts about our world and ourselves as revealed through physics, cosmology, evolutionary psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, geology, etc., while maintaining our faith in our religious heritage. We can still believe in Jesus Christ as our savior and be guided by the wisdom in the Bible while knowing that the earth really is four and a half billion years old and that, yes, we did indeed evolve from a long extinct ape-like creature.
It might be that Dowd is inventing a discipline. Call it Evolutionary Theology. Because we are educated we know that evolution is a fact; and because we believe in a God who cares and is intimately involved in this world, we therefore must see evolution as God's way of working in this world. But can the denotative words of the Bible be reconciled with such an understanding?Read more ›
Another of my favorite things about Dowd's teachings is how he finds universal spiritual/evolutionary impulses in specific Christian metaphors.Read more ›
I should, as a matter of full disclosure, say that I have been working with (not for) the author for three years, which I don't see as a conflict of interest to recommend this book. I'm working with Michael Dowd because I believe in the profound importance of what he and his book are saying. I think his book is a gift to the world -- particularly to future generations -- and so it is a gift to recommend it. Here's why:
I see at least 3 layers of importance for Thank God for Evolution!...
1. At its surface layer it is a Christian book brilliantly weaving Christianity and modern evolutionary understandings into a single fabric of celebration, integrity, and universal co-creativity. Although I don't think of myself as Christian, the vast majority of Americans are Christians, and I expect the vast majority of them will find Dowd's perspective inspiring and useful. It will deepen and ground their ability to live the benign spirit of their faith while shaking loose from some of its worst downside. Given what's been going on lately, this will greatly benefit America, other "Christian nations", and the rest of the world.
2. There is a war raging between religion and science. It has been going on since Copernicus. It settled down to a quiet roar during the industrial era when both agreed to a sort of "separate but equal" dynamic tension. But with the recent growth of deep collective uneasiness, with recent abuses in both religious and secular realms, and after recent cynical efforts to merge religion and politics for partisan gain, the suppressed tensions are once again boiling over.Read more ›
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I'm sorry I bought the book for my Kindle. I was expecting something completely different from what the book is. The tone of the writing is what got to me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Edmund LeRoy
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 5 months 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 5 months ago by GARY MCCASLIN
Amazing book that makes excellent use of metaphors to teach evolutionary and developmental concepts. Read morePublished 6 months 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 6 months ago by maureen brasnett
Awful. An exercise in self-promotion and personal aggrandizement.Published 7 months ago by W. T. Soeldner