Why Evangelize Evolution?

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I’m often asked, “Why do you evangelize evolution? What ‘good news’ does science offer?” The following is my typical response...I used to be confused by many aspects of the world, including my inner world. Thanks to an embrace of big history as my creation story, I no longer am. I now have a depth of understanding that saints and sages down through the ages, including the biblical writers themselves, never imagined possible.I used to struggle with temptations and what I considered “sinful … [Read more...]

TEDx: Are God & Reality Converging?

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I was recently engaged in a spirited conversation about "Convergence Christianity" with my friend and colleague, Eric Elnes, at his home in Omaha, Nebraska.Eric described how he sees things evolving in the post-evangelical, post-liberal Christian world, and I shared how I've been noticing a similar convergence occurring in a wide range of secular and religious contexts.What exactly is converging? You can see Eric's take on this question here.As I've traveled North America the past twe … [Read more...]

Atheists Promoting Bible Study?

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You know we're living in an odd world when atheists encourage people to read scripture. 50,000 people a day sample science blogger PZ Myers' Pharyngula posts. "There's no surer way to make an atheist than to get someone to actually read the Bible," says Myers.Here is why: Genesis 6 and 7, for example, tell of God planning and executing the slaughter of billions of innocent animals and millions of children in Noah's flood. In the words of one distraught parent, "A few weeks ago I read my … [Read more...]

Is Scientific Evidence Modern-Day Scripture?

The following is cross-posted from my HuffPost blog (where it has received 200+ comments). It is also posted on Connie's and my Metanexus blog, here.We are in the early stages of what I think historians will one day call religion's Evidential Reformation. Increasingly, most of us (the devout included) relate to scientific, historic and cross-cultural evidence as more authoritative than the dictates of an all-male ecclesiastical body or a literalist reading of Scripture.A good example of … [Read more...]

Peter Mayer Music Video: “Holy Now”

Here's another music video that I use in contemporary worship settings all the time. The music and lyrics are by Peter Mayer. The photos were taken, and videography done, by my beloved wife and mission partner, Connie Barlow. … [Read more...]

Thank God for DEATH: Could Anything be More Sacred? More Necessary? More Real?

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I want address the question of death because most people, religious and non-religious folk alike, are unaware of what God/Reality has revealed about death in the past few hundred years, through science. And this ignorance has resulted in untold suffering — for families and for society as a whole, as well as for individuals.I am regularly asked (more often since I was diagnosed with cancer two years ago), "Do you believe in an afterlife? What do you think happens to us when we die?" My typ … [Read more...]

Evidence as Modern-Day Scripture: What’s Real and What’s Important TODAY

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Few things dishonor and diminish God more severely than thinking of “scripture”, “God’s word”, or “divine revelation” as being limited to the Bible, rather than also reflecting humanity’s current and most up-to-date scientific, historic, and cross-cultural evidence. Indeed, I would argue that the health and wellbeing of families, nations, and our world in the 21st century will be enormously impacted by how religious individuals and institutions think about concepts such as "divine communication," … [Read more...]

BEST EVOLUTION RESOURCES: Evolution as Inspiring, Meaningful Fact

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Not long ago I was interviewed on radio by an intelligent design creationist who kept insisting, "There is absolutely no evidence for evolution!" I was amazed that this person was either unaware or dismissive of what God has revealed in recent centuries about cosmic, Earth, geological, biological, and human history (known collectively as "big history" or "the epic of evolution" or "The Great Story"). Before the interview ended, I determined to write this blog post that offers links to some of t … [Read more...]

Sacred Science Music Video, by Peter Mayer: “My Soul”

I am thrilled to introduce the Emergent Village community to the work of singer-songwriter Peter Mayer, who presents a sacred view of our evolving universe and our human journey in emotionally powerful and bridge-building ways. My wife, Connie Barlow, periodically collaborates with Peter by turning some of her most evocative photographs (gathered during our ten years of traveling North America) into moving images to illustrate his lyrics, and then posting the finished music video on YouTube. To … [Read more...]

Idolatry of the Written Word

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Connie Barlow, my science writer wife, and I have been traveling North America for ten years as evolutionary evangelists. We have addressed more than 1,600 religious and non-religious groups—ranging from Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelical Christian churches, to New Thought, New Age, and Eastern spirituality groups, to Unitarian Universalists and secular high school, college, and university students. Our passion, our calling, is showing how a science-based view of human nature, death, and the t … [Read more...]


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