Michael Dowd: Pro-Future Evangelist

Evolutionary Evangelist Michael Dowd visits Ogden Unitarian Universalist Church | Michael Dowd | Pro-Future Evangelist

Evolutionary Evangelist Michael Dowd visits Ogden Unitarian Universalist Church

Standard Examiner

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A large dinosaur skeleton (Diplodocus longus) was one of the biggest animals ever to have walked on earth, some 150 million years ago.

by DANA RIMINGTON

OGDEN — A message recently brought to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden by a Evolutionary Evangelist Michael Dowd was an urgent and possibly dire one.

Environmental consequences of biblical portions, Dowd said, could be our future if people don’t start acknowledging the importance of taking care of the environment.

“Millions of people don’t care about climate change because they believe Jesus is coming, but if we want to continue existing as a people, we cannot continue using the air, soil, and water around us as a garbage can,” Dowd said. He carries the nickname Reverend Reality.

“We are destroying our world and condemning our children and grandchildren to hell on earth because religion has been blind and deaf to what God and reality is showing its people.”

Dowd used to oppose the theory of evolution but now teaches it full time, traveling across North America in a van plastered with large stickers plastered Jesus and Darwin fishes kissing. Dowd said he’s spoken to over 2,100 groups “from atheists to evangelicals, and everything in between.”

He said he focuses on the sacred side of science and tries to connect faith with his message about caring for the environment.

“It’s not about having the same beliefs, but about standing for a just and healthy future...” Dowd said.

Dowd’s “commandments for survival” include stopping pollution, overuse of renewable resources (faster than they can be replenished), use of non-renewable resources and prioritizing the needs of the poor over the wants of the wealthy.

“Things have gotten better and better for humans, but at the cost of the earth getting worse and worse,” he said. “From now on, everything needs to be judged on whether it enhances our future or causes harm. Every culture in humanity has to address these things.”

Ernie and Carole Nylander of Pleasant View were intrigued by the presentation and agreed with Dowd’s thoughts.

“I am suddenly realizing that we are all in this together concerning the health of the planet,” Carole Nylander said.

“I think Dowd’s put the essence of today and tomorrow in a good perspective,” Ernie Nylander said. “We all breathe the same air and share the same planet, so we need to ultimately start thinking about what is good for the earth.”

It is common for people to deny the environmental impacts of society Dowd said.

“When someone is in denial, they can’t see a way forward, so it’s a natural response, but our kids and grandkids are helping shift that. Many young people are telling their elders, ‘We are going to have to live in this world and your theology is going to condemn us.’”