Shuck and Jive

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Just Trying to Evolve

Just in time for Chuck's 200th, Michael Dowd has sent out the latest issue of The Evolutionary Times. Michael writes:
February 12th is Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday. While reflecting on the life and legacy of this great scientist and devoted husband and father, I’ve been struck by how an evolutionary understanding of the universe has, in fact, REALized my religious faith. I now enjoy all the benefits and blessings of religion from a place of knowledge rather than belief. When I look to the past, I am filled with awe and gratitude. When I look around me in the present, I feel love, compassion, and a desire to do everything I can to ensure a healthy world. And when I look to the future, including a future without me, I feel a deep and all-embracing trust.

Thanks to the role that Charles Darwin and countless other evolutionaries have played in enriching my faith and guiding my path, today I have no resentments, no secrets, and no unfinished business. More, I am able to ‘follow my bliss’ full-time with Connie Barlow, my perfect mission partner. If there’s a heaven on this side of death, surely this is it.
Michael is a good egg. He and Connie visited us this past September and together they put on an inspiring and educational program. You ought to invite them to your place!

In honor of the day, here is Ani DiFranco just trying to Evolve:


  1. I think that it is curious that Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on exactly the same day.

    Between them the world has never been the same

  2. That is interesting. No intent on my part to short-change Abe, but he gets President's Day after all. : )

    Two great, great men.

  3. Dear John,

    I can't find your email address in my address book and can't find any contact information for you on your website. Most frustrating. :-) So I'm reaching out to you this way...

    As you may or may not already know, I've been led to write some fairly radical blog posts lately. I'm sending you this email because before I put these ideas out to the world in a more public way, I'd love your brutally honest feedback. If you'd be willing (and have the time) to read these posts and tell me what you honestly think, I'd be most indebted. Please don't spare my feelings.

    You can call me on my cell phone if you prefer phone to email for conversations. I do.

    Co-evolutionary blessings,

    ~ Michael
    Cell: 425-760-9941

    PS. I'm sending this from my personal email address. The only one that doesn't get filtered by an assistant. Please don't give this address out to others. Thanks!

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  4. Hey Michael,

    Your post is public now. My email address is johnashuck at embarqmail dot com.

    Here it is on my website click and scroll down to contact us.

    I will check out the links! Posting here didn't give away your email.

    I still don't know it!