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Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World Paperback – Bargain Price, April 28, 2009
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-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
Top Customer Reviews
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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Terrible micture of low level science evolution and christianity/religion. In fact it is not science at all, it is folklore. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Michael Dowd has captured my belief system. Our church hosted an interfaith book study with 12 people. All seemed to appreciate the book.Published 3 months ago by Arizona health seeker
This book definitely allows you to have a different perspective on life. Loved reading this book!Published 4 months ago by Diana
The most thought-provoking book I have read in decades. A good discussion to reconcile religion and science.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book helped me to understand how evolution works thus relieving me of worrying what would happen when I die. I highly recommend this book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 8 months ago by Edmund LeRoy