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Bridging Christianity and Evolution and Discovering the Personal Side of China

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck

Is there a middle path when it comes to discussing evolution versus creationism? Christian preacher Michael Dowd believes he's found one. Also, Seattle print artist Dionne Haroutunian reveals the personal side of China, and we hear a new recording of Bach's Motets.

At 2:05 p.m. - Bridging Christianity and Evolution (archive from 3/7/07)
The evolution-versus-creationism debate is one of those perennial hot-button issues, like abortion and school prayer, that almost invariably leads to polarization. Michael Dowd is an itinerant preacher who believes he has found a middle path that transcends and includes both camps. For the past three years, Dowd, a nondenominational Christian minister and his wife, science writer Connie Barlow have been driving across the country, stopping at Christian and Unitarian Universalist churches, Jewish synagogues, Quaker meeting houses and Buddhist meditation centers to teach religious audiences about evolution. Their goal is to present a story of the universe, which they call the "great story", in a way that people — whatever their spiritual orientation — can embrace.

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  • The Great Story

  • At 2:25 p.m. - China: Up Close and Personal
    Personal relationships trump international politics. China looms large in the news but the headlines tell us little about the people who actually live there. Seattle print artist Dionne Haroutunian traveled to China on an artist exchange. Today she tells us how the country defied her expectations and how that informed her latest exhibit at Baas Art Galley.

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  • 'Reflections On China', Baas Art Gallery
  • 'A Common Language: Seattle/Shenzhen', Gallery 110

  • At 2:50 p.m. - Gavin Borchert
    Today, Gavin Borchert shares selections from a gorgeously performed and recorded disc of seven motets (multi-movement religious choral works) by Bach, performed by The Hilliard Ensemble. There's still a question as to whether Bach intended these works to be sung by a full choir or by just one voice to part (or whether he just took what he could get). The utter beauty of the Hilliard's solo voices may convince you.
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