Viking publishes revised second edition
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According to Reverend Michael Dowd, the war between religion and science is over. In Thank GOD for EVOLUTION: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World (Viking/On-Sale Date: June 19, 2008/978-0-670-02045-4/$24.95) , Dowd transforms the current debate and clearly presents why it is now possible to view evolution as deeply meaningful, even sacred. Just as scientific theories evolve and expand over time with new discoveries and new information, Dowd proposes that divine revelation is not limited to the Bible, but continues to be discovered through science. “Facts are God’s native tongue,” he writes.
THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION brings together believers and non-believers on both sides of the generations-old debate by showing how evolution is not meaningless blind chance; rather, it is the sacred story that embraces and includes all religions. As a Christian minister, Dowd addresses the concerns that many Christians have about evolution and offers insights that ring true to people of any spiritual tradition, or none at all. For Dowd, “studying evolution is like following cosmic breadcrumbs home.” Drawing on the full range of cosmological, geological, biological, and human-related sciences, THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION presents the history of the universe as an epic drama in which the generations alive today have a crucial role to play. It offers a shift in public perception on a scale not experienced since the Copernican Revolution or the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. By acknowledging the global, collaborative scientific endeavor as public revelation, we can newly appreciate the timeless insights within the private revelations of the world’s enduring religious traditions. Moreover, Dowd shows how the discoveries of science—notably, evolutionary brain science and evolutionary psychology—offer astonishing gifts for understanding and overcoming the challenges in our personal lives and relationships. This, he declares is “the gospel according to evolution.”
In rejoining our heads with our hearts, Rev. Dowd speaks to what matters most to us: our personal struggles, breakdowns, and pain; our closest relationships; our choices about where to spend our time, energy, and money; and the wellbeing of our communities and our world. Endorsed by Nobel Laureates in the scientific community and religious leaders alike, THANK GOD FOR EVOLUTION builds bridges, provides guidance, and restores realistic hope for virtually everyone, regardless of belief or worldview.