Speaker: Rev. Michael Dowd
The Reverend Michael Dowd is an evolutionary theologian, bestselling author, and evangelist for Big History and an honorable relationship to the future. His 2009 book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. His work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, Wired, Skeptic, and on CBC, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News.
Michael and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer and evolutionary educator (both climate hawks), permanently travel North America promoting the inspiring side of science, religious naturalism, and one-story spirituality. They’ve addressed more than 2,000 religious and secular audiences since 2002 — from Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelical Christian churches, to Unitarians and freethinkers, to secular grade school, high school, and university students, to New Thought, Integral, and Eastern Spirituality groups.
In all settings Michael shares the same bridge-building “Religion 3.0” gospel, which is best summed up in his most recent TEDx talk, “Reality Reconciles Science and Religion” and 5-part educational video series, “God in Big History”. His personal credo:
Religion, Dowd claims, has always been about helping people collectively to live in “right relationship to reality.” Given today’s science-based knowledge and the magnitude of humanity’s challenges, ecology is necessarily the new theology and the interdisciplinary study of “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 the future in the most egregious of ways.