Thank God for Evolution

  • by Michael Dowd
  • Narrated by Michael Dowd
  • 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Here is a revolutionary perspective on the relationship between religion and science that builds a bridge between people of all beliefs.

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Thank God for Evolution

I thought this book was ambigous and lacked a clear premise or direction. The author was never clear on his theology or belief system. Throughout the book he tried explaining a belief in god as anagolous to worshiping the universe. This is not what a searcher for truth wants to hear. Can we at least get an absolute belief system. This book turned from a science/theology debate to a self help book, which was not indicitive by the title. If you are a beliver looking for evidence of God through science this is not the book for you. See Language of God or Whats so Great About Christianity.
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- Matthew

Religion without God

Dowd's conclusions (insofar as they're decipherable) seem consistent with a desire to retain the engine of religion--what could broadly be called the existential urge--without having to invoke a God as the object of religious sentiment. Dowd's God is a personification of the universe as a whole and he views the universe as a living organism that is made conscious through the large mammalian brains of homo sapiens (as far as we know).

Unfortunately, Dowd does both religion and science a disservice. Religion without God is unintelligible and science with sentimentality is diluted. Dowd's narrative ends up being far too thick on sentimentality and much too thin on substance. Dowd doesn’t argue for his positions, he preaches them. As with any sermon, one either chooses to accept it or reject it. In this sense, Dowd is going to be much more palatable to the religious mindset than the scientific. Anyone looking for a religious version of Dawkins’ The Greatest Show on Earth should look elsewhere (James’ The Varieties of Religious Experience is a good alternate).

For those who have ears to hear, Dowd’s narrative is also quite condescending to positions he finds anachronistic and outdated. He reads the text well and his voice has an uplifting and friendly tone and cadence. But his message is clear: get up to speed or you will be culpable for the world’s problems. Dowd casts himself as a visionary who sees where things will end up and has a sort of friendly contempt for those who remain stuck on a pre-enlightened worldview (in both science and religion). Audio quality and production are top notch and Dowd as narrator is excellent.
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- Paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio