Religion That's Not Afraid Of Science


Three recent books take seriously the story science tells us about where we are and how we got here on Earth. NCR columnist Rich Heffern talks with the authors to discuss the implications for religion of modern science's account of an unimaginably vast universe of 500 billion galaxies and the evolution of humans that took place over millions of years.


  • Episode 3: Michael Dowd (27 min.)

    Episode 3: Michael Dowd (27 min.)

    29/09/2008 Duração: 27h00s

    Michael Dowd Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World (Viking) (27 min.) Michael Dowd and his wife, Connie Barlow, who is a science writer, call themselves "evolution’s evangelists." They travel the country giving talks, workshops and retreats on the religious implications of the theory of evolution. Devoted to exploring ways of finding unity between science and faith, "evolution evangelist." Michael Dowd says Darwin ’s idea is God’s gift to theology, and that this evolution can be integrated with religion in holy and meaningful ways.

  • Episode 1: Dairmuid O’Murchu (32 min.)

    Episode 1: Dairmuid O’Murchu (32 min.)

    29/09/2008 Duração: 24h00s

    Dairmuid O’Murchu Ancestral Grace: Meeting God in Our Human Story (Orbis) The author of the popular book Quantum Theology, Sacred Heart Fr. Diarmuid O’Murchu, in his new book, blends anthropology, psychology and theology, saying that God has been with us during our entire six to seven million year presence on Earth and that, for most of that time, we humans lived harmoniously within the natural world.

  • Episode 2: Chet Raymo (24 min.)

    Episode 2: Chet Raymo (24 min.)

    31/07/2008 Duração: 24h00s

    When God is Gone, Everything is Holy: The Making of a Religious Naturalist (Sorin Books) (24 min.) One of the nation’s finest nature writers, science teacher and columnist Chet Raymo holds to science’s skepticism that accepts only verifiable answers but as a “religious naturalist,” pursues the mystery that soaks creation. In a review of the book, Hefferen writes, "Raymo would like to see theologians adapt to the new evolutionary story of the universe, which he says provides a satisfying ground for spirituality