About Michael Dowd
The Reverend Michael Dowd is an evolutionary theologian, bestselling author, and evangelist for Big History and an honorable relationship to the future. His 2009 book, Thank God for Evolution, was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists, noted skeptics, and by religious leaders across the spectrum. His work has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Discover, Wired, Skeptic, and on CBC, CNN, ABC News, and Fox News.
Michael and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer and evolutionary educator (both climate hawks), permanently travel North America promoting the inspiring side of science, religious naturalism, and one-story spirituality. They’ve addressed more than 2,000 religious and secular audiences since 2002 — from Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelical Christian churches, to Unitarians and freethinkers, to secular grade school, high school, and university students, to New Thought, Integral, and Eastern Spirituality groups.
Michael shares the same bridge-building ideas in all these contexts. They can be summarized as follows:
- Reality is my God.
- Evidence is my scripture.
- Big History is my creation story.
- Ecology is my theology.
- Integrity is my spiritual path.
- Fostering a healthy future is my mission.
Michael Dowd grew up Roman Catholic and attended Catholic school for eight years. At the age of 20, he had a ‘born-again’ experience. Over the following years he became an evangelical protestant minister. Inspired by the work of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme he began to work with religious leaders on social and environmental issues. Over the next decades, he helped pioneer a new evolutionary spirituality grounded in scientific evidence. Michael’s great joy in life is telling the history of everyone and everything in ways that inspire and empower people of all ages and theological orientations to know real freedom, to live in integrity, and to fulfill their evolutionary mission, or “calling”.