Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World by Michael Dowd (Author) [Updated June 15, 2015]

Finally, the war between science and religion is over. The winner? All of us. With supporters from an incredibly wide spectrum of backgrounds and beliefs, including five Nobel laureates, Thank God for Evolution! builds bridges, provides guidance, and restores realistic hope for humanity and the body of life as a whole.

A movement has been growing over the past few decades that takes our common creation story — the epic of cosmic, biological, and human evolution revealed by science — as the basis for a meaningful view of our place in the universe. Reverend Michael Dowd, America’s evolutionary evangelist, is at the forefront of this movement. This well informed, thoroughly researched, and inspired book proclaims a gospel billions of years old.

Thank God for Evolution! presents in a lively and accessible manner the reasons why it is now possible to view evolution as a divine process; how current science shows that evolution is not meaningless blind chance; practical methods for using evolutionary insights to achieve greater personal fulfillment and thriving relationships; and how aligning with evolutionary trends can guide activists and others hoping to make our world a better place. As a Christian minister, Dowd especially addresses the concerns that Christians have about evolution, but this book contains insights that will appeal to people of all faiths and of no faith. Fun and uplifting, Thank God for Evolution! goes beyond the current debate to offer up a whole new way of thinking about science, religion, and the meaning and purpose of our lives.

In THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION, Dowd delivers what is surely the central message of our time: “Reality is God and evidence is scripture. If we don’t come into right relationship with Reality soon, we will perish.” He invites people of every faith, and none at all, to passionately participate in the next great epoch in the emergence of consciousness and culture.

Reverend Michael Dowd is one of the most inspiring speakers in America today. For the past 12 years he and his wife, Connie Barlow, a noted science writer, have lived permanently on the road sharing a sacred view of evolution with nearly two thousand religious and secular audiences of all ages, as America’s evolutionary evangelists. At home in both conservative and liberal settings, and uniquely gifted at building bridges between believers and nonbelievers, Michael is passionate about sharing the 14-billion-year epic of evolution in ways that uplift and expand heart, mind, and soul.

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Why we struggle now: Michael Dowd at TEDxGrandRapids

The world’s faith traditions offer conflicting beliefs about our inner and outer nature, and our challenges. Fortunately, a knowledge-based view of reality is emerging, which is inspiring and uniting people across the globe. Rev. Michael Dowd sees scientific, historic, and cross-cultural evidence as modern-day scripture. He celebrates how a meaningful and fully evidential understanding of human nature is motivating people of all backgrounds and beliefs to live in integrity and to cooperate in service of a just and thriving future for all.

Reality reconciles science and religion: Michael Dowd at TEDxGrandRapids

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Published on Jun 15, 2015

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Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling evolutionary theologian and pro-future evangelist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, and on television nationally. His bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. Michael and his science-writer wife, Connie Barlow, have spoken to more than two thousand groups across North America since 2002.

Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and a program at the United Nations. In 2010 he interviewed 38 Christian leaders across the theological spectrum, all of whom embrace an ecological, evolutionary worldview and are committed to a healthy future, as part of a series, titled, “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity.” Most recently, he interviewed 55 experts on climate change, peak oil, and sustainability, as part of an online conversation series, titled, The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness.

Dowd’s passion for proclaiming a pro-science message of inspiration — what he calls “the Gospel of Right Relationship to Reality” — has earned him the moniker ‘Reverend Reality’ as he speaks prophetically in secular and religious settings alike about the generational evil of anti-future / anti-Christian policies and the necessity of co-creating a just, healthy, and sustainably life-giving future for humanity and the larger body of life. Websites: and Huffington Post blog:… Evolutionary Christianity blog:… Facebook pages: and

Key quote: “God is reality with a personality, not a person outside reality. If you don’t get personification, you can’t possibly understand the world’s myths and religions — and you’ll surely miss what God is telling us today through scientific evidence. Few things matter more than this in a world of ecological degradation and climate chaos. Anyone who doubts this need only watch one or two of the Hollywood star-studded ”Nature Is Speaking” videos that have gone viral in recent months.” ~ Rev. Michael Dowd

Suggested readings: Overshoot: The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change, by William R. Catton Collapse Now and Avoid the Rush: The Best of The Archdruid Report, by John Michael Greer Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, by Michael Dowd This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein

Interview conducted 6/13/2015

The Three Secrets of Aging by John C. Robinson (Author)

The first wave of 76 million “baby boomers” representing 28 percent of the American population began turning 65 in 2011 and they will live longer than any previous generation in history – at least 15 years longer than their parents! – creating an entirely new stage of human life. But what is this revolutionary longevity for? Just to get old and die?

The Three Secrets of Aging suggests instead that our final stage of life offers an astounding new evolutionary process: an initiation into an entirely new stage of life, a transformation of self and consciousness, and a revelation of a new – and sacred – world right where we are. Part memoir, part discussion, part invitation to enlightenment, this book outlines the profound spiritual possibilities of aging and a blueprint for the Enlightened Elder in the twenty-first century.

John Robinson holds doctorates in clinical psychology and ministry and is an ordained interfaith minister, author, and mystic. He has taught extensively at men’s gatherings, professional conferences, hospitals, churches and retreat centers and is the author of three previous books on the interface of psychology and spirituality.

His new book, Finding Heaven Here (O-Books), endorsed by Mathew Fox, Andrew Harvey, Malidoma Some, John Mabry and Jeremy Taylor, is both an integration of psychology and spirituality and a description of the reality and presence of Heaven on Earth. He explains, “I see Heaven on Earth all the time. I’ve seen it since childhood. I know I’m not crazy because I’m a clinical psychologist and I know I’m not a religious heretic because I can quote teachers and sages from every major religious tradition who describe it. Heaven on Earth is the greatest secret on the spiritual path.” Dr. Robinson lives on an island in the Puget Sound of Washington State. Learn more about him at

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Three Secrets of Aging with John C. Robinson, Ph.D.

Dr. John Robinson is a clinical psychologist with a second doctorate in ministry, author, husband and father. He tells us of his book “The Three Secrets of Aging” in which he talks about how the final stages of life off an astounding evolutionary process: an initiation into an entirely new stage of life, a transformation of self and consciousness.

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