“Ecology Is the New Theology” – Michael Dowd 2013 sermon

Published on Feb 25, 2013

“Ecology is the new theology; big history is the new Genesis,” declares Rev. Michael Dowd in a sermon urging religions to catch up with the “evidential reformation” pioneered by science.

Click timecodes to advance to topics:

00:10 – biblical scripture reading
00:53 – science scripture reading: Carl Sagan
01:20 – literature scripture reading: philosopher Loyal Rue

02:11 – core theme: “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.”

03:21 – modern-day prophets, speaking on behalf of evidence

04:57 – God is a personification, not a person

07:14 – birth of science’s “clockwork universe” and religion’s response

09:01 – “Ecology is the new theology” for living in right relationship with reality

09:48 – the naturalizing of God, guidance, and good news

11:13 – out-of-date religion holds back response to climate change

12:35 – the “twin idolatries”: idolatry of the written word, idolatry of the otherworldly

15:59 – Michael’s un-naturalism rap: “Supernatural is unnatural is uninspiring”

18:19 – Idolatry of the otherworldly trivializes God, guidance, and good news

19:08 – “We’re not separate from nature; we are the Universe becoming conscious of itself”

20:39 – “the REAL-izing of God, guidance and good news” via science

21:12 – “scientific evidence, historic evidence, and cross-cultural evidence” = public revelation

23:42 – “Religions have been autistic for the last 500 years.”

24:29 – “We are committed to a just, healthy, and sustainably life-giving future.”

25:07 – intergenerational evil

25:22 – Climate change as fact, and action an ethical imperative

26:19 – “I believe that the baby boom generation will go down in history. . .”

26:59 – the need to internalize the costs of carbon through a carbon fee / tax

28:02 – how we approach death; the need to say “no” to costly interventions

29:21 – death, climate change, and the legacy of the baby boom generation

29:40 – Closing words: Carl Sagan, “Science is, at least in part, informed worship.”

Note: Dowd’s guest sermon was delivered 10 February 2013 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe, New Mexico (USA). The original, full-length sermon appears on the congregation’s Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/uusantafe

The exact url for Dowd’s sermon on that channel is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q21HM-…

The 30-minute version posted here was edited by Connie Barlow (aka ghostsofevolution).

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