Contributor

Rev. Michael Dowd

Big history/pro-future evangelist, religious naturalist, sacred realist, and bestselling author

<p>Michael Dowd is a bestselling evolutionary eco-theologian and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLknTrGoiw6gS_mDJ9m7NB4W-16bOeY68P">pro-future evangelist</a> whose work has been <a href="http://michaeldowd.org/news/">featured in</a> <i>The NY Times</i>, <i>LA Times</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, <i>Washington Post</i>, <i>Newsweek</i>, <i>Wired</i>, <i>Skeptic</i>, <i>Discover</i>, and on CBC, <a href="http://michaeldowd.org/news/tv/">CNN, Fox News, and ABC News</a>. An outspoken <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-michael-dowd/new-theists-knowers-not-believers_b_1586301.html" target="_hplink">New Theist</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religious_naturalism" target="_hplink">Religious Naturalist,</a> he is author of the bridge-building book, <a href="http://evolutionarytimes.org/?id=2863129613521652787"><i>Thank God for Evolution</a></i>, which was endorsed by <a href="http://evolutionarytimes.org/endorsements/nobel/index.html">6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists</a>, <a href="http://evolutionarytimes.org/endorsements/skeptics/index.html">noted skeptics</a>, and by <a href="http://evolutionarytimes.org/endorsements/religious/index.html">religious leaders across the spectrum</a>. He has delivered <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/michaeldowd.html">two TEDx talks, a program at the United Nations</a>, and has hosted two acclaimed online conversation series': "<a href="http://thegreatstory.org/ec-participants.html" target="_hplink">The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity</a>," and "<a href="http://futuregreatness.com" target="_hplink">The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness</a>". Michael</a> and his wife, <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/CB-writings.html" target="_hplink">Connie Barlow</a> -- both <a href="http://grist.org/article/2010-10-20-introducing-climate-hawks/" target="_hplink">climate hawks</a> -- share the inspiring side of science in ways that offer practical tools for living and active hope for the future. Since 2002 they have addressed more than 2,000 religious and secular groups<a href="http://www.thegreatstory.org/past-itinerary.html" target="_hplink"> across North America</a>. (<i>Michael's "Reverend Reality" Youtube channel, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnVKX25TlllQMjXlZ00QUrw" target="_hplink">HERE</a>; video, audio, and text publications, <a href="http://www.thegreatstory.org/michaeldowd.html" target="_hplink">HERE</a>; personal and media website, <a href="http://MichaelDowd.org" target="_hplink">HERE</a>; and Wikipedia entry, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dowd" target="_hplink">HERE</a>.</i>)<br /> <br /> • <a href="http://www.thegreatstory.org/michaeldowd.html" target="_hplink">Michael's bio, background, and publications</a><br /> • <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Dowd" target="_hplink">Michael's Wikipedia entry</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.thegreatstory.org/CB-writings.html" target="_hplink">Connie's bio and publications</a><br /> • <a href="http://michaeldowd.org/endorsements/endorsements.html" target="_hplink">Praise from Nobel Prize-winning scientists, skeptics, and religious leaders</a><br /> • <a href="http://www.thankgodforevolution.com/news_archive" target="_hplink">Complete news archive</a><br /> <br /> PODCASTS:<br /> • <a href="http://evolutionaryevangelists.libsyn.com/" target="_hplink">America's Evolutionary Evangelists</a><br /> • <a href="http://inspiringnaturalism.libsyn.com/" target="_hplink">Inspiring Naturalism</a><br /> • <a href="http://evolvingfaith.libsyn.com/" target="_hplink">Evolving Faith</a><br /> <br /> SCIENCE-CELEBRATING EVOLUTIONARY CURRICULA <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/kids.html" target="_hplink">for Children and Youth</a><br /> <br /> SCIENCE-CELEBRATING MUSIC VIDEOS - <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/contemporary-church-videos.html" target="_hplink">for Individuals and Groups</a> <br /> <br /> YOUTUBE:<br /> • Connie's channel: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ghostsofevolution" target="_hplink">ghostsofevolution</a><br /> • Michael's channel: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/thegreatstory" target="_hplink">thegreatstory</a><br /> • Rev. Reality channel: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnVKX25TlllQMjXlZ00QUrw" target="_hplink">Reverend Reality</a><br /> <br /> WEBSITES: <br /> • <a href="http://TheGreatStory.org" target="_hplink">TheGreatStory.org</a> - Epic of evolution educational website (their main site)<br /> • <a href="http://ThankGodforEvolution.com" target="_hplink">ThankGodforEvolution.com</a> - Michael's book website<br /> • <a href="http://MichaelDowd.org" target="_hplink">MichaelDowd.org</a> - Michael's personal/media site<br /> • <a href="http://EvolutionaryChristianity.com/blog" target="_hplink">EvolutionaryChristianity.com/blog</a> - EC community site <br /> <br /> OTHER BLOGS:<br /> • <a href="http://www.metanexus.net/blogs/830" target="_hplink">Metanexus</a> <br /> • <a href="http://thankgodforevolution.com/blog_archive" target="_hplink">Thank God for Evolution</a><br /> • <a href="http://EvolutionaryTimes.org" target="_hplink">Evolutionary Times</a><br /> • <a href="http://evolutionarychristianity.com/blog/" target="_hplink">Evolutionary Christianity</a><br /> <br /> THE FUTURE IS CALLING US TO GREATNESS - <a href="http://futuregreatness.com" target="_hplink">Skype interviews with 56 climate, peak oil, and sustainability leaders</a><br /> <br /> EVOLUTIONARY CHRISTIANITY - <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/ec-leaders.html" target="_hplink">Digital Audio Course and Leaders Manual</a><br /> Interviews with 38 of the world's most esteemed Christian scientists, theologians, and ministers who wholeheartedly embrace evolution and cherish scientific, historic, and cross-cultural evidence.<br /> <br /> EVOLUTIONARY CATHOLICS - <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/evolutionary-catholics.html" target="_hplink">subset of 12 conversations with Roman Catholic</a> science and religion luminaries<br /> <br /> EVOLUTIONARY CREATION - <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/evolutionary-creation.html" target="_hplink">subset of 10 conversations with Evangelical or other theologically conservative</a> Christian thought leaders<br /> <br /> EVOLUTIONIZE YOUR LIFE: <br /> • <a href="http://bit.ly/EvolutionizeYourLife" target="_hplink">Free teleseminar</a><br /> • <a href="http://bit.ly/EvolutionizeYourLife5WeekCourse" target="_hplink">5-week online course</a><br /> How to eliminate self-judgment and create a big-hearted life of purpose and joyful integrity by honoring your Stone Age Instincts. (It's basically about how new discoveries in evolutionary brain science clarify how to gain freedom from self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors, cultivate healthy relationships, and thrive in the face of life’s challenges. It also REALizes, or naturalizes, ancient mythic insights, such as "The Fall" and "Original Sin". <br /> <br /> UNDERSTANDING HUMAN NATURE, <i>FOR REAL</i><br /> • <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/evolved-brain.html" target="_hplink">Our physical instincts</a><br /> • <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/evolved-brain-mammal.html" target="_hplink">Our social Instincts</a><br /> • <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/evolved-brain-monkey.html" target="_hplink">Our interpretive Instincts</a><br /> • <a href="http://thegreatstory.org/evolved-brain-porpoise.html" target="_hplink">Our "spiritual" Instincts</a><br /> <br /> Online VIDEO and AUDIO programs of Michael and Connie in action:<br /> <a href="http://www.thegreatstory.org/dvd.html" target="_hplink">Here</a> and <a href="http://thankgodforevolution.com/audiovideo" target="_hplink">here</a> (scroll down).<br /> <br /> THE MAIN PROGRAM MICHAEL DELIVERED in <i>all</i> secular and religious settings from 2008-2012, which he also presented at the United Nations, can be found on YouTube in two versions: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loBx1Xd2m-M" target="_hplink">one narrated</a> (in two parts) and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqfvb4Mvaqk" target="_hplink">one live</a>. <br /> <br /> <strong>Program description</strong>: Rev. Dowd shows how a meaningful science-based understanding of <em>human nature, death, and the trajectory of big history</em> can offer a realistically hopeful and inspiring vision of the future. He also offers practical tools for growing in right relationship to reality that can enrich and even transform one's life and interaction. Uniquely gifted at building bridges between religious and non-religious people, Michael shares humanity's common creation story in ways that uplift and expand heart, mind, and soul. His passion is showing how a science-informed spirituality can inspire each of us to live with greater integrity, joy, and zest for life — and can also deepen appreciation of traditional spiritual insights.<br /> • <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyPw0N8DDiE" target="_hplink">NH Public Television documentary</a> on Rev. Dowd and the above program.<br /> <br /> </p>