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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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Publisher Comments:

Few issues have revealed deeper divisions in our society than the debate between creationism and evolution, between religion and science. Yet from the fray, Reverend Michael Dowd has emerged as a reconciler, finding faith strengthened by the power of reason.

With evidence from contemporary astrophysics, geology, biology, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology, Thank God for Evolution lays out a compelling argument for how religion and science can be mutually enriching forces in our lives.

Praised by Nobel laureates in the scientific community and religious leaders alike, Thank God for Evolution will expand the horizon of what is possible for self, for relationships, and for our world.

Synopsis:

With evidence from contemporary astrophysics, biology, anthropology, and evolutionary psychology, "Thank God for Evolution" lays out a compelling argument for how religion and science can be mutually enriching forces. Illustrations throughout.

About the Author

The Reverend Michael Dowd is America's evolutionary evangelist. He and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, have traveled the country sharing their sacred view of cosmic, biological, and human evolution. They are also the creators of the leading website in the sacred evolution movement.

Table of Contents

Thank God for Evolution Preface

Author's Promises

Prologue: Personal Journey

The Marriage of Science and Religion

Itinerant Evolutionary Evangelism

Introduction

From "Adam and Eve" to Us—and Beyond

Science and Religion Spurring Each Other to Greatness

In Context

Overview

Part I. The Holy Trajectory Of Evolution

Chapter 1. Our Big Picture Understanding of Reality

Stories Within Stories

What Is the Great Story?

From Shape-Shifting Story to Unchanging Scripture

Meaning Making

Chapter 2. Evolution Is Not Meaningless Blind Chance

Interpreting Our Immense Journey

The Mythopoeic Drive

Time's Arrow, Time's Cycle

The Role of Strife

The Role of Cooperation

The Role of Initiative

Chapter 3. Evolution and the Revival of the Human Spirit

The Universe Can Be Trusted

You Are Part of the Universe

Accept What Is and Be in Integrity

Grow in Evolutionary Integrity

Trusting the Universe Means Welcoming Challenges

Part II. Reality Is Speaking

Chapter 4. Private and Public Revelation

Beyond Belief

The Birth and Maturation of Public Revelation

Flat-Earth Faith Versus Evolutionary Faith

Toward an Evolutionary Christianity

Facts Are God's Native Tongue

Religious Knowers

Chapter 5. The Nested Emergent Nature of Divine Creativity

Thank God for the Hubble Telescope!

We Are Made of Stardust

The Gifts of Death

Litany: "The Gifts of Death"

Chapter 6. Words Create Worlds

Experiencing God Versus Thinking About God

The Split Between Religion and Science

From Clockwork "It" to Creative "Thou"

Day and Night Language

Chapter 7. What Do We Mean by the Word "God"?

No Less Than a Holy Name for the Whole

Prayer in a Nestedly Creative Cosmos

A Personal, Undeniable God

God or the Universe: What's in a Name?

Creatheism

The Role of Humanity in an Evolving Universe

Being "Faithful to God"

Part III. The Gospel According To Evolution

Chapter 8. Growing an Evolutionary Faith

Genesis in Context

Don't Throw Out the Apple

Chapter 9. REALizing "The Fall" and "Original Sin"

Lessons from Evolutionary Brain Science

Lessons from Evolutionary Psychology

Resurrecting "The Fall"

Your Brain's Creation Story

Reclaiming "Original Sin"

Chapter 10. REALizing "Personal Salvation"

The Challenges of Our Lizard Legacy

Furry Li'l Mammal to the Rescue

Thank God for Our Higher Porpoise!

Discerning Your Calling Exercise

Salvation Through Evolutionary Integrity

The DNA of Deep Integrity

Christ-like Evolutionary Integrity

REALizing "Saving Faith"

REALizing "the Gospel"

Part IV. Evolutionary Spirituality

Chapter 11. Evolutionary Integrity Practices

Taming Our Money Mind

Taming Our Lizard Legacy

Growing in Trust: Nurturing Humility and Faith

REALizing "Love Your Enemies"

Growing in Authenticity: REALizing "Remove the Plank"

Growing in Compassion/Responsibility: REALizing "Judge Not"

Growing in Gratitude: REALizing "Love God and Your Neighbor"

Chapter 12. Evolving Our Most Intimate Relationships

Touch and Tenderness

Respectful Communication

Playfulness and Humor

Meaningful Songs and Rituals

Synergy and Service

Chapter 13. Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind

Deep Integrity Affirmations

Imagination Matters! Upgrading Your Mental Software

Part V. A "God-Glorifying" Future

Chapter 14. Collective Sin and Salvation

Wrongdoing in a Nestedly Emergent Universe

Collective Sin in an Age of Information

Cofronting Institutional Sin

Chapter 15. The Wisdom of Life's Collective Intelligence

On Earth As It Is in Heaven

Collective Deep Integrity

Conversation and Creative Emergence

Co-Intelligent Social Technologies

The Core Commons

Cultivating Discernment Within the Whole

Co-creating Our Evolutionary Spiritualities

Chapter 16. Knowing the Past Reveals Our Way Forward

The Cosmic Century Timeline

Aligning Self-Interest with the Well-being of the Whole

Who and What Are We, Really? And Why Are We Here?

Our Sense of Self and Our Role in the Body of Life

Evolutionary Revivals

Chapter 17. Beyond Sustainability: An Inspiring Vision

Major Challenges in the Next 250 Years

Wild Cards

Long-term and Short-term Positive Trends

Likely Good News in the Next 250 Years

Chapter 18. Our Evolving Understanding of "God's Will"

Responding to Critics Who Reject Religion Because of Scripture

Transcending Biblical Values and Scriptural Morality

REALizing "Holy Scripture" and "Divine Revelation"

Public Revelation: "The Ever-Renewing Testament"

REALizing Godly Morality and Ethics

Wider Critics of Care, Compassion, and Commitment

REALizing "Jesus as God's Way, Truth, and Life"

Conclusion

Epilogue

Testimonial

Vision

Appendix A. "Good and Bad Reasons for Believing" by Richard Dawkins

Appendix B. Realizing the Miraculous

Miracles Through the Ages

REALizing "the Virgin Birth"

REALizing "Christ's Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven"

Invitation

Acknowledgments

Resources

Online Resources

Who's Who and Sources of Quotations

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452295346
Author:
Dowd, Michael
Publisher:
Plume Books
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Religion and science
Subject:
Evolution -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Religion and Science
Subject:
Religion World-Religion and Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.42x5.50x.99 in. .84 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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