Rev. Michael Dowd and The New Atheists as God’s Prophets

November 2, 2009

In August of 2008, I featured the Reverend Michael Dowd as a guest on Point of Inquiry for two back-to-back interviews, which can be found here and here .

Dowd is the author of Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World . (The book has been endorsed by 6 Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, including some noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the theological spectrum.)

For a number of years, he and his wife, science writer Connie Barlow, have been on tour on the road, sharing their "sacred view of evolution" with religious and atheistic audiences alike. Much of his work aims to encourage the devoutly religious to take the challenge of New Atheists seriously, and to adopt a "naturalized religion."

Tragically, among other health problems, he was recently diagnosed with advanced lymphoma, and has been undergoing a chemotherapy regimen. Before he learned of the life-threatening lymphoma, he and his wife recorded a podcast answering the question "If I had only one message left to communicate before I die, what would it be?" 

In the spirit of listening to various viewpoints on these issues, I really think Dowd's remarks are worth hearing, along with his episode on naturalizing religion, which touches on Blasphemy Day, and fault lines within the freethought movement, as well as the need to get the supernatural out of religion. Listen to them through the links below:

The New Atheists as God's Prophets
Naturalizing Religion

If you would like to send the Reverend Dowd your well-wishes, please send to the following mailing address, posted with permission:

Rev. Michael Dowd
5246 Mutiny Bay Rd.
Freeland, WA 98249

Comments:

#1 Reba Boyd Wooden on Monday November 02, 2009 at 12:29pm

“Turn your churches into halls of science, exchange your teachers of faith for expounders of nature . . . Fill the vaccuum of your mind!”—Frances Wright(1795-1852)

#2 Nathan Bupp (Guest) on Monday November 02, 2009 at 1:26pm

Thanks for bringing this to our attention DJ. I was previously unaware of Michael Dowd, but am glad to have discovered his work. The episode on “Naturalizing Religion” features a really thoughtful and illuminating discussion between him and his wife on the relevant issues.

#3 DJ Grothe on Monday November 02, 2009 at 1:30pm

Sure thing Nate. I enjoyed his appearances on Point of Inquiry, and you might as well.  They are linked early in the blog post.

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