August 08, 2010
Rev. Michael Dowd
Rev. Michael Dowd talks about he is an evangelist for the “sacred view of evolution,” and how he promotes the “marriage of science and religion.” He argues that the best understanding of the nature of reality comes not from ancient revealed religions, but from science, and how he derives religious feelings from this scientific worldview. He explains how his views are different than mainline religions who try to accommodate science to their religions, and calls for religion to “evolve” to accommodate science. He argues how his worldview is grounded in evidence, and defends “religious naturalism.” He talks about why he hasn’t abandoned the language of religion even if he has given up many of the religious beliefs he formerly adhered to. He explains how accepting an evolutionary worldview—a “Big History” point of view—may support a high quality of life, great relationships and a peaceful death. He talks about the various audiences he and his wife, science writer Connie Barlow, speak to, and how they can be categorized into three major populations: atheist/skeptics and other nonreligious groups, Catholic and Protestant religious audiences, and New Age/New Thought groups, and he explains why his message is well received among all three distinct audiences. He explores whether his message is more of a threat to traditional religion than are the New Atheists. And he explains why he might be more accurately described as an evangelist for “Big History” than for just the theory of evolution.