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2018 New College Lectures

September 11, 2018
September 12, 2018
September 13, 2018
Dr Denis Alexander
Genetics, God and the Future of Humanity

Genetics, God and the Future of Humanity

Rapid advances in genetics, robotics and other sciences are challenging our understanding of what it means to be human. Can science resolve key ethical questions? What role does religious thinking play in the age of genomics? And how do scientific and religious ways of knowing relate?

What do medical and behavioural genetics tell us about the limits of human freedom? And how does our current understanding of human genetics relate to the Judaeo-Christian conviction that humankind is made in the image of God?

How far do we go in manipulating humans using genetic engineering and in the creation of cyborgs? Where are the boundaries between healing and enhancement, and, as science continues to shape the future of humanity, how will we recognise these boundaries? 

Dr Denis Alexander will seek to discuss and address these questions and more at the 2018 New College Lectures this September.

Tues 11 Sep

Opening Event - "Is There Purpose In Biology?" [Dr Alexander, Oxford: Lion, 2018] Book Launch - 6:00pm

Complimentary canapés will be served. Entry is FREE | Registration Essential
 
Lecture 1 - Manipulating Humans: A Challenge to Science and Faith - 7:30pm
Rapid advances in genetics, robotics and other sciences are challenging our understanding of what it means to be human. Can science resolve key ethical questions? What role does religious thinking play in the age of genomics? And how do scientific and religious ways of knowing relate?

Wed 12 Sep

Lecture 2 - Are We Slaves to Our Genes?: Faith and Human Freedom - 7:30pm
What does medical and behavioural genetics tell us about the limits of human freedom? And how does our current understanding of human genetics relate to the Judaeo-Christian conviction that humankind is made in the image of God?

Thurs 13 Sep

Lecture 3 - Genetic Engineering: Faith and the Future of Humanity 7:30pm
How far do we go in manipulating humans using genetic engineering and in the creation of cyborgs? Where are the boundaries between healing and enhancement and, as science continues to shape the future of humanity, how will we know? 

Dr Denis Alexander

Dr Denis Alexander is the Founding Director [Emeritus] of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, where he is Emeritus Fellow. He is a past chair of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Dr Alexander was previously at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK) and spent 15 years developing university departments and laboratories overseas, latterly as Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics. From 1992-2013 he was Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief, and Dr Alexander also served as a member of the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion. Having given the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews University in 2012, these lectures were published by CUP in August 2017 under the title 'Genes, Determinism and God'.

 

 

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