Meet Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd, who deserve the “odd couple” award in the most charming possible way. Connie was a science writer in her earlier life whose books include Green Space, Green Time and The Ghosts of Evolution. Michael was a born again Christian in his earlier life who was born yet again to become the world’s first evolutionary evangelist, as he recounts in his book Thank God for Evolution. Together, they live like the itinerant preachers of old, permanently on the move in a big van with a picture of a Darwin fish kissing a Christian fish painted on the side. You can’t get more odd and charming than that!
Michael and Connie’s mission is more than charming–they want to create a meaning system that fully respects naturalism and also inspires in the same way that religion does. Their respect for both science and religion stands in refreshing contrast to the intolerant and thoroughly uninspiring new atheism movement (see my “Atheism As a Stealth Religion” series for more on that subject).
Their newest venture is a series of podcasts called “Inspiring Naturalism” and I am honored to be their first guest. Check it out on their website, which also provides a guide to their other activities. Perhaps you can even persuade them to include you in their circuit if you arrange a venue for them to speak ☺