Raised as a Catholic, Dowd had a born again experience after wrestling with drug, alcohol and other problems. Newly convinced the world began 6,000 years ago, he showed up at evolution talks to argue.
Evolution is not the savage process the term "survival of the fittest" would imply, he said. Rather, "all of nature is in an act of holy communion," he said. "It's always saying, 'Take, eat, this is my body.'
They stay in the homes of supporters, and he speaks to groups of Unitarians, Mennonites, Buddhists, Quakers and humanists. He has not been invited to address fundamentalist congregations, but he did meet with 125 moderate to liberal evangelicals at a conference in the Bahamas.
"The atoms of our bodies are literally stardust," he tells the rapt crowd. "The carbon and the oxygen and the nitrogen were formed inside red giant stars. The gold and silver and other heavy metals were formed in supernova stars that then explode" his voice reaches a crescendo "with this tremendous metal rich stardust."
She sent copies to 10 friends, including Michelle Obama. He cut a planned stop in Sausalito to fly to New York to meet with publishers.
Dowd met Barlow at a New York City talk by mathematical cosmologist Swimme.
Through the use of mythic, poetic language, Dowd believes he can inspire believers and nonbelievers to grasp evolution and the universe as a continuous revelation.
"I had goose bumps up and down my arms and legs, and I started to cry," he said. "From then on, I became very passionate about evolution."
Long, lanky and athletic, the Rev. Michael Dowd paces the stage, gesticulating, his voice moving from a whisper to a gleeful roar.
'Evolutionary evangelist' sees God's work in science
Today, Dowd and Barlow have garnered plenty of media attention touring the country in an oversized 2003 white Dodge Sprinter with "Jesus hearts Darwin" emblazoned on the side and a license plate that says "Ecozoic."
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Dowd said 10 to 15 percent of people on either end of the belief spectrum will never embrace his message, no matter how hospitable the messenger, yet he doesn't blame fundamentalists for tuning out evolution.
"They've only been exposed to (it as) a mechanistic, uninspiring, soulless process," he said. "Until they've been exposed to a sacred, inspiring version, they should reject it."
"My head said, 'Get him saved,' but my heart said, 'Get him to mentor you.'"
He discovered the works of Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry, whose "The Universe Story" offers a view of the cosmos that embraces science and faith.
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When he heard a talk on "The Universe Story" his reaction was immediate and visceral.
"Any God that can be believed in or not believed in is precisely not what I'm talking about," he tells a congregation in a video clip. "Do you get that? I'm talking about something that is undeniably real. Whether you call it God or not is up to you."
"She was in the sciences, communicating evolutionary sciences in the most soul nurturing ways possible," he said. In their travels, Barlow puts on workshops for children at zoos, arboretums, and Unitarian Universalist congregations.
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Biblical times, and we are saying no."
Then he was born yet again.
the mainstream," he said, chatting over a Formica table in a McDonald's in the Mission District of San Francisco.
For starters, his professors at Evangel believed in evolution, yet were devout.
A passionate preacher with a Pentacostal style, Dowd has undergone his own evolution.
He was introduced to a Buddhist Christian monk whom he describes as the most Christ like man he had ever met.
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