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Thank God for Evolution!: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World

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A movement has been growing that takes our shared creation story as revealed by science as the basis for an inspiring and meaningful view of our place in the Universe, individually and collectively. This text presents the reasons why it is now possible to view evolution as a spiritual process.
Hardcover, 391 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Council Oak Books
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Feb 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Davey by: Michael Dowd
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
For the atheist: a segue into spirituality.
For the literalist: a point in the right direction.
For the general christian: a unique and plausible viewpoint.
For the agnostic: a breath of fresh air.
Lanny Carlson
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
I "accidentally" found this book on Valentine's Day on a clearance shelf at Pamida, and found it almost impossible to put down once I started. The depth and breadth of the book is too great to summarize in a short review, but in essence Dowd has convincingly demonstrated how science and religion truly are interdependent. The fact of evolution doesn't negate the reality of God, but gives a much broader understanding of God, or Ultimate reality. Religion, on the other had, though necessarily reint ...more
Scarlett Sims
Ok there are two things I want to say before I get into the actual review:

1. I know it's traditional wisdom that if you don't like a book within x amount of pages (say 25 or 50) you should just stop reading that book because why waste the time. I knew very early on that I did not like this book and yet kept reading. Partially because I didn't think I could write a review of it unless I'd read the whole thing, partially because I don't own that many books right now.

2. I went into this book with t
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“In over 40 years at two church-related colleges, I’ve heard numerous
presentations to students that were either faith-based or science-based, but not
both. In contrast, Michael Dowd’s Thank God For Evolution program distinctively
melds faith with science into a wholesome perspective, damaging neither. Doing
so, he captures evolution in a thought-provoking context, combining deeptime/
deep-space realities with perceptive insights into the human quest for religious

Michael Dowd was keynote spe
Robert Blakesley
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: changed-my-life
The most convincing and uplifting reconciliation of science and religion I have ever come across, recasting the evolution of the universe as a sacred and ongoing process ... an empowering story of why we are here.
I sincerely wish that I could give this a higher than a "meh" in it's rating. Dowd's text is compelling, full of fresh perspectives, and bubbling over with energy. I found his perspective interesting, if breathless. It opens the possibility of more open and honest dialog, and presents concepts of God that do, indeed, embrace the world of science apologetically. One of my issues is, though, that he seems to have exchanged one form of fundamentalism with another, newer one. There is little in the ...more
Sep 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
This is an awful book. My priest gave it to me, not having read it himself. No doubt, he, like myself thought the book would be about believing in God and believing in evolution. Unfortunately, only about 5 per cent of the book is about that, the rest is Dowd rambling hither and yon about God and life. He travels around the country giving workshops on what he calls evolutionary spirituality, with his wife, Connie, the atheist. (Sounds like he could be a frequent guest on Oprah.) She gets saved a ...more
Dec 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
The author adopts the position that the universe is God. He does so without ever explaining how he reached that conclusion. Nor does he address the implications of worshiping a finite "God". Nor does he explain why he rejects atheism and theism. He seems to be unaware of the huge body of work in this field.
Pedro Rosario-Barbosa
It is pretty rare to point out a book that can really change one's life, but this one has been one of them. Michael Dowd has done an outstanding job in presenting a very sound and coherent view regarding how to think God, evolution, and religion in general. Along with Ursula Goodenough's _The Sacred Depths of Nature_, this book was one which turned me into a Religious Naturalist.

When most people who start reading it, usually they don't understand exactly what the book is about. This was my situ
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On one hand, I absolutely loved much of this book. As one who grew up with young Earth creationism and then turned toward the sciences in high school/college, I am deeply, deeply grateful for the author's skillful discussions that help those, like me, who desperately wish to embrace both intricate, amazing science and scientific discoveries and an unswerving, solid Christian faith. As I read, I found myself constantly widening my perspective, and for that, I am truly grateful to the author.

I am
Dennis Littrell
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A most remarkable book

Whether Michael Dowd will succeed in reconciling the ways of the ancient religions to the facts of postmodern science, and in doing so, transform our lives by ending the dangerous contention existing between and among the various claims to "the way, the truth, and the life," remains to be seen. He is aiming for nothing less than the complete consilience of science and religion, a merging that, if successful, will be of inestimable value to humankind. I greatly admire the wi
Kirsten Lansberry
This book takes the radical position that science and religion can coexist! *GASP* Is it possible? Can we accept the science of evolution and still be religious people? Can we trust that humans evolved over millions of years without insulting god? Michael Dowd and his wife seem to think so as they have made careers out of preaching their "evolutionary evangelism" across the country. Michael, a reverend who has been associated with several Christian denominations, and his wife Connie, an author o ...more
Apr 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sound science. But regardless what Dowd claims, he propounds pantheism for the educated who understand the nature of scientific reality but must cling to some religious language and immagery. At least we can claim Dowd as one more preacher who used his brain and disclaimed theism. Dowd's relating the universe as god is looney, but he makes many good psychological points, several of which are rather unique. The book is worth reading.
Apr 14, 2008 is currently reading it
I'm reading this book because it provides a spiritual was of thinking to the notion of evolution...
Dennis A.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A much needed re-statement of Christianity in 21st century language and thought forms. Well done.
John Martindale
So the universe is god and finally after billions of years of evolution god finally became conscious of himself via human beings. I know, i know... it is pretty dang cool when one thinks about it.

We humans can feel really super duper special because we're made of stardust, oh my gosh... tears form in my eyes when I think about how like overwhelmingly amazing it is...sniff...sniff...I mean I was going to shoot myself, like seriously, but once I learned I was made from the particles of long dead
Tami Chesnut
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book introduced me to a new way of thinking about evolution and religion. I want to learn more...
Tom Corrigan
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This amazing book brings together my thinking of evolution and my belief system. Only read if you want your thinking to be challenged.
Tom Talamantez
I have heard of this book for a while now, so when I found a new copy at a Goodwill bookstore, I decided to take a look. The first thing I noticed was that the book has several pages of endorsements, but not one of the endorsements is from any organization that affirms the essential doctrine of Infallibility of the Bible. Most religious endorsements are from organizations that advocate liberal theology or unitarianism, but nothing Christian. The best way that I can describe this book is an 80 ca ...more
This book attempts to reconcile religion and science, particularly Christianity and evolution. I assumed it would just try to twist the Bible enough to squeeze it into a claim that God invented evolution, which would be absurd. I was pleasantly surprised that he didn't even try to justify the Bible's absurdities.

Instead, he kind of swerved around the whole issue by making a very interesting and persuasive case for the difference between "day language and night language" or "public revelation and
I went to a medical conference once and the man that spoke said "Change the stories told and retold in a society and you Change the society" He was refering to his work in Hati and the reforsting of once barren land.

This book is attempting to do just that. By reinterpeting and putting a more wholistic meaning (through science) into religion and it's stories, it will eventually change society (instead of thinking I am seperate, apart and above of nature, with the process of evolution I see I am p
Matthew Hunter
I'm far from an expert on evolution. So, I enjoyed reading Dowd's introduction to the concept. For many years, I've embraced a Deep Time perspective, but really had no words to flesh out my thoughts. The idea that the universe has taken 13.7 billion years to create someone like me is beautiful, mysterious. And who knows what the universe has up its sleeve for the next 13.7 billion years? Let's see where the evolutionary impulse takes us.

While Dowd goes a long way toward making evolution understa
Daniel LeFebvre
Mar 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While Mr. Dowd had a few decent points throughout the book, it was painfully obvious that his point of view is the result of a strained attempt to force his Christian upbringing and his wife's scientific background to somehow mix. This especially is brought to light when, towards the end of the book, Mr. Dowd admits that he believes "scripture" is anything that supports his claims (i.e., that he feels "brings him closer to God/the universe"). He freely admits that he discards portions of the Chr ...more
Mark "Lefty" Holencik
His scientific telling of the history of the universe helped me understand some of my beliefs and assumptions. His trying to meld science and the bible are very helpful, as I believe there is no difference between science and God. I have come to this belief through my thoughts not any teaching or reading till now.

I let the things I can not comprehend or disagree with drop to the floor. This allows me to gleen information that helps me resolve my own questions and beliefs.

His statements that we
Dowd does a good job of integrating the work of theologians like Bultmann and Tillich with the evolving insights of science about the origins of the universe, earth, life and the human species. He does it in a way that allows mainstream Christian laity to reinvent and honor the gospel while fully and unconditionally embracing the ever-increasing insights modern science delivers about how the universe -- and everything in it -- actually works. If you are a fundamentalist who insists on reading th ...more
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, this book took me a while to get through. Dowd believes evolution is divine. God (Reality, Supreme Wholeness) is not done revealing himself to us and the revealing is done through our evolution. People on our planet are part of the cosmos. The earth originated billions of years ago from cosmic dust after the Big Bang, which in turn created all the creatures. God has continued to reveal truth via facts uncovered by science.
Dowd is not a Bible literalist - but interprets the stories b
Jun 17, 2008 rated it liked it
While I looked forward to reading this, I really couldn't handle the tired me out. I do appreciate the general premise however, it's basically what I have thought all along. I tend to think that we, (Christians)tend to severely limit what we think God is capable of - because our little minds can't conceive beyond those boundaries. It's part of the whole take it on faith thing. Why do we have to measure what God did in days, or years? Because that's our frame of reference, not hi ...more
May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a smart book. Incredibly so. I know it pushes the envelope for many people, but I also think it would be a soothing salve and welcome explanation and interpretive lens, spiritually, existentially and cosmologically, for MANY MANY folks out there. It's not perfectly written. There's almost too much, too quickly, in too many ways. But there's a brilliance underneath it, in its energy that moves and inspires me. The first 100 pages were a little sluggish to get through, but there are so man ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians, scientists
This book supports my theory that all that exists and what we know about all that exists is darn amazing and worthy of worship. That evolution has happened, not only evolution ending in humankind, but also the evolution of Earth, and more, of the universe -- amazing! All of that is worthy of awe and worship. Where is the Creator in all this? Look at how huge the Creation is! Do you think your small understanding can grasp a creator of it? We can yearn and hope for such a One, we can even worship ...more
Vincent Eisman
Sep 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Ended up listening to this one on audio. Stronger in the beginning, it eventually lost me as it got more and more "out there." I hung in there in hopes that it would eventually find itself back on solid ground but it all turned out to be a venture in frustration. Too nebulous in its spiritualism to satisfy most theists and too empty of substance to satisfy serious evolutionists. I don't see the lipids of this book, but it's got to be perfect stuff for someone.
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