Michael Dowd’s multi-media lecture “Soulful Science” will be the Spring 2013 Rothermel Lecture. The lecture, subtitled, “An Evolutionary Theology,” will be held Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the sactuary of First Presbyterian Church, New Bern. Rev Dowd will explore how a sacred, science-honoring worldview transforms (“REALizes,” in his word) our understanding of God, guidance, and good news…and might even save us from ecological catastrophe.
The presentation also will discuss how evidence-based faith can provide a realistically hopeful and inspiring vision of the future and help people live happier, healthier, more on-purpose lives. Rev. Dowd’s bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World, endorsed by six Nobel laureates and other science luminaries, noted skeptics and religious leaders across the spectrum, is the basis for his Rothermel lecture. Rev. Dowd’s presentations integrate empowering science with a passionate and life-affirming spiritual message of hope and possibility.
Michael Dowd was raised Roman Catholic. He spent five years as an anti-evolutionary fundamentalist. He earned an undergraduate degree (summa cum laude) in philosophy and biblical studies from Evangel University (Springfield, MO), and after receiving a M.Div. degree from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) was ordained in The United Church of Christ/Congregational Church. Rev. Dowd served in the pulpit in churches in MA, OH and MI before beginning his itinerant “evolutionary evangelistic” ministry. With his science-writing wife, Connie Barlow, he has addressed more than 1700 religious and secular groups across North America during 11 years of living on the road promoting the sacred side of science. Rev. Dowd’s latest project is a conversation series, “The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity”.