Rev. Michael Dowd is a former pastor, veteran sustainability activist, and big history / big integrity evangelist. An outspoken Christian naturalist and evidential mystic (emergentist),
he is the author of the bestselling book, "Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World" (Viking 2008 / Plume 2009), which was endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize-winning scientists and other science luminaries, including noted skeptics and atheists, and by religious leaders across the spectrum (including evangelicals). Since April 2002, Michael and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer and evolutionary educator, have traveled North America (living in people's homes) and have addressed more than 1,600 religious and non-religious groups—ranging from Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Emerging churches, to Unitarian Universalist and secular high school, college, and university settings, to New Thought, New Age, and Eastern spirituality groups. Their passion is teaching and preaching the Good News of what God is revealing through scientific, historic, and cross-culturaral evidence (which they see as modern-day scripture). They show how what we now know (not believe) about human nature, death, and the trajectory of big history can inspire and empower people of all backgrounds and beliefs to live in integrity and to cooperate across political and religious differences in service of a just and thriving future for all.