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Denis Alexander
Online lecture on Evolution and the God of Love 

The struggle for survival against competitors and the natural environment, is an essential driver of evolution. How can such a brutal mechanism be compatible with the Christian understanding of a Creator God?

 
In the summer of 2021, the skeleton of Diplodocus, an enormous dinosaur, will be displayed in the nave of Norwich Cathedral. This provides a good opportunity to think about evolution from the joint perspectives of science and faith. “Evolution and the God of Love” is an open lecture suitable for a non-specialist audience.
 
The struggle for survival against competitors and the natural environment, is an essential driver of evolution. How can such a brutal mechanism be compatible with the Christian understanding of a Creator God? Dr Denis Alexander will give an on-line lecture on Monday 25th January from 7.30 – 8.45 pm. For the link, contact sfnorfolk1@gmail.com.
 
Biological evolution by natural selection comes at a huge cost. The existence of any species, including our own, is the outcome of intense competition. Widespread pain, suffering and death are inevitable and the vast majority of all the species that ever lived have become extinct. The history of dinosaurs is a good example of this.
 
How can the natural mechanism of evolution be reconciled with the idea of a God of love? Dr Alexander, will consider the types of answer that have been given in reply to this question, finding some more useful than others. His talk will be followed by a period of discussion.
 
Dr Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts in the field of science and religion, particularly on the theme of creation and evolution. His recent books include: - ‘Are We Slaves to Our Genes?’ [CUP 2020]; ‘Is There Purpose in Biology?’ [Lion, 2018]: ‘Genes, Determinism and God’ [CUP, 2017]. He is an Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at Cambridge and previously spent 40 years in the biological research community.
 
For the link, contact sfnorfolk1@gmail.com. All are welcome – of all faiths and none. The event is organised by Science and Faith in Norfolk (SFN), a Norwich-based group affiliated to Christians in Science. “Dippy on Tour” is a joint venture involving Norwich Cathedral and the Natural History Museum, London.

Event details

Monday 25th January, 7.30 - 8.45 pm
email sfnorfolk1@gmail.com to request the link


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Contact: SFN Secretary, sfnorfolk1@gmail.com; Dr Nick Brewin (07901 884114);
 

Helen Baldry, 11/01/2021

Helen Baldry

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