Dowd and his wife travel the country in a van giving a “spiritualized” evolutionary presentation, mainly to ultra-liberal Unitarian gatherings, called Thank God for Evolution!
The part of Ham’s entry that captured my attention was the citation from a Louisville paper reporting how Dowd has a Pentecostal background and graduated from a evangelical college in Missouri. According to Dowd, he was “convinced the devil had infiltrated the school because professors taught about evolution.” I went to his site, and sure enough, he graduated from the Assemblies of God college located in Springfield, MO. Not only that, but he graduated summa cum laude. His aversion toward evolution changed when he was introduced to conservative Christians who believed evolution was true and compatible with the Bible because “all truth is God’s truth.”
Now, apostates with evangelical backgrounds, even being educated in, and graduating with honors from, evangelical schools are a dime-a-dozen. I am not surprised by that admission. I mean, infamous apostate Unitarian, Dan Mages, graduated with honors in biblical studies from The Master’s College and I know Master’s taught him soundly.
No, what is a bit more bothersome to me is how Dowd says he was convinced of evolution by conservative Christians who believed Darwinian evolution is compatible with the Christian faith because, as they said, “all truth is God’s truth.” Sadly, I hear this sort of muddled apologetic coming from Greg Koukl, whom I happen to like, Kim Riddlebarger and Ken Samples, and of course Hugh Ross.
To be fair, these guys would be adamantly opposed to Darwinianism in the pure, naturalistic description, but their compromise with the idea of billion year ages, their acceptance of evolutionary cosmology, like how Ross advocates the big bang, and their allegorical hermeneutics, specifically promoted by Riddlebarger and Samples, creates a theological apologetic incubator where theistic evolution, or full on Darwinianism of the atheistic variety, can comfortably thrive in churches.
Interestingly, Dowd wrote excitedly about a progressive evangelical (a fancy title for apostate liberals) and emerging church conference that took place in the Bahamas this past October. N.T. Wright was one of the key note speakers.