Documentary: How I See Evolutionary Christianity
This morning in an email I received notice of a 27-minute documentary which aired last week on New Hampshire Public Television, on the “evolutionary good news” I share with virtually all religious and secular audiences. Connie and I both consider it to be a fabulous introduction to my particular (evangelical naturalist) flavor of Evolutionary Christianity. Many of my guests in this teleseries have a different view, I am quite sure. I see this as a good and healthy thing. There are many ways to be an evolutionary Christian, but what we all seem to share are deep-time eyes, a global heart, and a hunger for evidence as divine communication and divine guidance.
The documentary centers on an interview that was conducted by Phil Vaughn and the NHPTV film crew just before an evening program I delivered in late November at the Friends Meeting in Dover, NH. Interspersed are fragments of my actual presentation, along with excerpts of an Evolutionary Christianity dvd made years ago (an obviously younger me!) that is available here.
You can freely access online the entire, hour-long digital program used as the content for this presentation, with my voice overlaid, here:
Alternatively titled, “Deep-Time Wisdom: An Inspiring Vision of Humanity’s Future“, this has become the main presentation I’m now delivering in all religious, non-religious, and even anti-religious settings. So far at least, these ideas have been well received wherever I’ve presented them.
I delivered an early version of the same at the United Nations in April 2009.
The best written articulation of how I see Christianity evolving (and why I believe that if it doesn’t it will become irrelevant or go extinct), is my recent public debate with Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, over what I see as the radical difference between evolutionary faith and literalist faith. (Connie thinks it’s the best thing I’ve written since TGFE):
Finally, just a few hours before I received notice of the documentary I wrote the following blog post that speaks to why I am so passionate about sharing with Christians and others what I like to call, “the gospel according to science”:
Please read this!! It’s short, it’s important, and it’s absolutely central to any understanding of Good News worthy of the name.
If you are so led, please do let me know what you honestly think of any (or all) of the following in the comments section below: (1) the documentary, (2) “Evolutionize Your Life” program, (3) “Biblical Christianity Is Bankrupt” article, or (4) “Evolution Isn’t About Darwin…” blog post, even if you consider me a heretic!
If you prefer to offer your feedback privately, you can email me here: feedback(AT)evolutionarychristianity.com
Don’t spare my feelings, please! After all, radically honest feedback may be the most effective tool of all in helping any of us to evolve, personally, professionally, or relationally.
Thanks for helping me (and, indeed, all of us) to evolve.
PS. For those interested in how I think about what typically gets called “the afterlife”, see here: “What Happens When We Die?“