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"In this book Michael Dowd seeks to bridge the uneasy gap between religion and science. Both sides will be suspicious of his efforts. His work is, however, a step toward that ultimate truth in which both religion and science will finally be reconciled."
BISHOP JOHN SHELBY SPONG, AUTHOR OF JESUS FOR THE NON-RELIGIOUS


"This is a powerful book, a passionate book, a needed book and a necessary book. The author stands up to both Scientific and Biblical literalists and goes for the deeper truths of both schools. He shows the way to celebrate the great gift and goodness that creation and we are on the one hand, but also the dangers that our species exhibits to ourselves and others and how science can help us understand our dilemmas and not throw the religious baby out with the tired bath water. He does this by marrying today's science with many ancient spiritual teachings. A great achievement! A great pointer to our way forward as a species!"
MATTHEW FOX, THEOLOGIAN AND AUTHOR OF ORIGINAL BLESSING AND CREATIVITY


"Few if any religious books quote Richard Dawkins in his own terms, or with approval. That this book does both hints at the breadth of audience it will intrigue. Thank God for Evolution has become my most quoted pastoral resource as a Christian minister. I cannot recommend it too highly."
REV. JASON JOHN, SCOTS CHURCH ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA


"With the passion of a revival preacher, and with grounding in mainstream evolution, Dowd has written a visionary book. It reveals that spirituality is not only compatible with a science-based worldview; it is integral to it."
REV. JIM BURKLO, SR. MINISTER, SAUSALITO PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH; THE CENTER FOR PROGRESSIVE CHRISTIANITY; AUTHOR OF OPEN CHRISTIANITY


"Dowd shows that when the total evolutionary history of the cosmos is viewed in terms of nested emergence instead of a merely random result of matter in motion it can support a deeply spiritual vision rather than a nihilistic one. Instead of being defensive toward evolutionary thought, Christians can appropriate this vision and be guided by it in re-thinking their heritage."
JOHN B. COBB, JR., CENTER FOR PROCESS STUDIES, AUTHOR OF CHRISTIAN FAITH AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY


"Faith seeking understanding means, these days, understanding science and its relationship with religion. Michael Dowd writes clearly and forcibly to enlighten the intelligent reader, skeptical of both creationism (and its alter ego, Intelligent Design) and scientism. Not ‘either-or'-either religion or science-but ‘both-and'; both science and religion in mutual respect. A timely, necessary book."
REV. JOHN MAXWELL KERR, FORMER WARDEN, SOCIETY OF ORDAINED SCIENTISTS


"Michael is magnificant! Not only is his understanding of the science and of theology top rate, but his enthusiasm and charisma captured my imagination and gave me hope."
REV. JOHN E. SYSTER, SENIOR PASTOR, FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, SARASOTA, FL


"Michael Dowd opens our eyes to the holy, stimulates the mind to embrace the innate sacred, and empowers the will to seek the highest good for others."
REV. JEFF HAMILTON, ASSOCIATE MINISTER OF FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST), OKLAHOMA CITY, OK


"My undergraduate degree is in geology, and I am now a Presbyterian pastor. Michael Dowd offers the most remarkable, concise, profound, and easy to understand synthesis of these two backgrounds of understanding our universe and our existence that I have ever experienced. I cannot recommend his book and his public programs too highly."
REV. TODD FREEMAN, COLLEGE HILL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, TULSA, OK


"Michael does an exquisite job incorporating what we have learned about the universe through modern science into the cosmic story found in scripture and the Christian tradition. No longer does the Christian mind need to make a choice between Moses and Darwin. The choice has always been for God, and Michael makes this clear using a thorough understanding of scripture and tradition, a depth of appreciation for modern science, and a gift for storytelling and preaching."
REV. STEPHEN SMITH, RECTOR OF ST. PATRICK'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, DUBLIN, OH; AUTHOR OF SAVING SALVATION: THE AMAZING EVOLUTION OF GRACE


"Michael Dowd's book and presentations give church folk a new way to talk about some complicated subjects. His work has the potential to re-invigorate the way the church talks about evolution, the way we talk about God, and the way we think about ourselves."
REV. DAVID TATGENHORST, ST. LUKE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, BRYN MAWR, PA


"I had long since reconciled any 'debate' between science and religion, never experiencing a sense of conflict between the two. What Michael Dowd helped me understand was the synergism science and religion could enjoy. I saw in a totally new way how the truths of our particular faith traditions and the truths of science could come together to engender a love and wonder for creation. Thank God for Evolution offers a refreshingly hopeful view of the direction of the world."
REV. ROB McCLELLAN, BRYN MAWR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, BRYN MAWR, PA
Evangelical / Emerging
"Like two orphans reunited, spirituality and evolution come face to face in this daring new book by Michael Dowd. Thank God for Evolution invites us to explore new family traditions of knowledge informed by science and mystery inspired by God. As a pastor, I know the temptation may be to continue in a divided house-evolution versus religion. But Dowd skillfully redefines the terms of the relationship, creating hope and practical ways to awaken to the future of living as part of an integrated family that can tackle the challenges of today."
SPENCER BURKE, TheOOZE.com (A LEADING EVANGELICAL/EMERGING CHURCH WEBSITE), AUTHOR OF A HERETICS GUIDE TO ETERNITY, FORMER MEGACHURCH PASTOR


"Thank God for Evolution is a smart, provocative, and deeply personal book that delights in finding cohesive common ground for many otherwise divergent, even warring, schools of thought. My thinking was stirred. My beliefs were challenged. My point of view was stretched. An inspiringly original vision of our origins!”
KEVIN W. McCARTHY, AUTHOR OF THE ON-PURPOSE PERSON AND THE ON-PURPOSE BUSINESS
Mennonite / Quaker
"Thank God for Evolution beautifully espouses the best principles and ethics of Anabaptism: humility, responsibility, service, and love of enemies. Michael Dowd shows how the love of Christ can be fully and vitally embraced while responding to 21st century understandings of our world and our universe."
PASTOR RANDY SPAULDING, COVENANT MENNONITE FELLOWSHIP, SARASOTA, FL


"Michael's telling of the Great Story is immediately engaging, both in his book and also in his public presentations. I watched an entire room become riveted with attention and expectation as he donned his Great Story beads and began to recount a mere handful of the 'grace moments' in the 14 billion year epic of evolution. I could not have imagined what a powerful tool the beads were. Michael's ability to engage a group's attention is so vital in an age of information fatigue and short attention spans. And his fluency in the Christian tradition, his ability to place it in a cosmological context, is utterly enlivening and inspiring."
DOUG HITT, PEACE MENNONITE CHURCH, LAWRENCE, KS


“Michael Dowd's integral vision brings us the good news of our time, one that honors our evolutionary story and our noblest religious impulses. This book is a timely and healing gift to the world and its author is a bridge builder who inspires us to greater compassion and understanding. Read this book and find a new faith in the human."
LAUREN DE BOER, POET AND AUTHOR OF WHERE IT COMES FROM, FORMER EDITOR, EARTHLIGHT MAGAZINE

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