Michael Dowd: Pro-Future Evangelist

Rev. Michael Dowd warns of coming climate disaster | Michael Dowd | Pro-Future Evangelist

Rev. Michael Dowd warns of coming climate disaster

Kokomo Tribune

By Roshana Ariel

Nationally recognized author and pastor preaches climate-change message in Kokomo.

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Global drought. Rising oceans. Mass extinction.

Rev. Michael Dowd said it’s all on the horizon unless political and religious leaders take immediate action to start curbing global warming.

That’s not the kind of message you’d likely expect to hear from a minister. But, then again, Dowd isn’t your run-of-the-mill pastor.

For the last 12 years, the nationally recognized author, speaker and pastor with United Church of Christ has traveled the country preaching a message the majority of his fellow believers deny – evolution happened, the planet is billions of years old, and climate change is very, very real.

It’s a message Dowd, the author of “Thank God for Evolution,” a 2009 book that received endorsements from six Noble-prize winning scientists, has taken to more than 2,000 churches, synagogues, temples and New Age religious groups ever since he became a kind of modern-day, nomadic climate-change prophet.

On Tuesday, Dowd drove his white van, plastered with a large picture of a Darwin fish and Jesus fish kissing, into Christ Lutheran Church in Kokomo to communicate the same message he’s shared on news programs on FOX, ABC and CNN.

“That van definitely gets us some interesting looks in conservative parts of the country – like Kokomo,” Dowd told the crowd packed into the church’s pews. “In fact, I got flipped off the last time I was in Texas.”
The Darwin-and-Jesus fish decal isn’t just a catchy image on the side of his van. It’s actually a pretty good summary of what he believes.

Dowd said until Christians and religious people of all persuasions start accepting science as a kind of new divine revelation – or as he calls it, factual faith or sacred reality – humanity is doomed for destruction.
By denying scientific facts, which Dowd says reveal the nature of God, religious people will continue to treat the planet as their personal landfill.

“Whatever else it means to be in a right relationship with God or reality, it’s got to include living in a right relationship with the air, the water, the soil and the life of this planet,” he said.

“You're dishonoring God if you think time only goes back a few thousand years and it doesn’t matter what happens in 100 years or a 1,000 years because Jesus is coming back,” Dowd said. “It’s dishonoring nature if we think we can continue to use the air and soil as a garbage can.”

Dowd said one of the biggest and frightening ways humanity has harmed the planet is carbon pollution, which he said has led to global climate change that will have a devastating environmental impact in the next century.

And it’s the U.S. government which has funded that pollution, he said, by giving tax breaks and subsidies to large industrial corporations for decades.

“We cannot allow for the free or subsidized pollution of our common airspace,” Dowd said. “The fact that corporations can get wealthy by polluting what all of us use and ruining our future is crazy. It’s collective insanity.”

Dowd urged the crowd Tuesday to begin pressuring politicians to institute a heavy carbon tax to help curb emissions and stem the tide of global warming.

“We can all change light bulbs, but let’s not make that as important as the one systemic thing we can all do: Get politicians to institute a carbon tax.”

Susan Thompson, who attended the talk, said as a Catholic, some parts of Dowd’s presentation were tough to swallow, but his message was thought provoking nonetheless.

“I don’t know if I totally agree or understand everything he said,” Thompson said. “I have to think about it before I make any conclusions. The background that I have makes me reluctant to buy into it all at once, but it was a wonderful talk.”

Dowd said whatever people think of his message, which was sponsored by the Kokomo Area Affiliate of the Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, he hopes people from all religious faiths will join together to help save a planet that he said is in imminent danger of catastrophe.

After all, time is running out, he said, and the longer people wait, the worse it will be.

“I can say the gospel of climate change in five words: We can see it coming,” Dowd said. “And that’s good news. Never before in the history of the world could any species see a potential extinction-level event in time to ward of the worst of it.”

> Read the original report in the Kokomo Tribune