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Genexis: DNA and Consciousness with Denis Alexander, Francis Collins and Sharon Dirckx

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Monday, September 23rd

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Genexis is a series of talks by world-leading scientists and academics presenting simple evidence for a creator God.

Join Denis Alexander and Francis Collins as they talk about DNA and how the highly sophisticated genetic code, often called the building block of life, reflects purpose and design.

Join Sharon Dirckx as she talks about how the human brain produces conscious awareness and how that has pointed her to belief in a creator God.

Dr Denis Alexander is the Founding Director [Emeritus] of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge, where he is Emeritus Fellow of St. Edmund’s College. 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 and 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’. Dr Alexander’s latest book is ‘Is There Purpose in Biology?’ [Oxford: Lion, 2018]. Dr Alexander lectures, debates widely on the topic of science and religion. Recently he defended the motion ‘This House believes that science that will never have the answers to life’s biggest questions’ at the Oxford Union’s famous debating society. The motion was won easily.

Francis Collins is an American physician-geneticist who discovered the genes associated with a number of diseases, including cystic fibrosis. In 1993 he was recruited to lead the Human Genome Project, which successfully read out the first complete sequence of the human DNA instruction book, and made that information public without intellectual property restrictions. Since 2009 he served as the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and has been honoured with both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science. Collins also has written a number of books on science, medicine, and religion, including the New York Times bestseller, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. Dr. Collins founded and served as initial leader of The BioLogos Foundation (biologos.org), which promotes thoughtful and civil discourse on the relationship between science and Christian faith. He has been given special approval by the US government to speak by video at Genexis

Sharon Dirckx is a Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA) and an RZIM Apologist. Originally from a scientific background, she has a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions in the UK and USA. Sharon speaks and lectures in the UK, Europe and North America on science, theology, ‘mind and soul’ and the problem of evil. Recently, she spoke at the Veritas Forum at the University of Oxford. Sharon has appeared on several BBC programmes including Songs of Praise, Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday and Radio 4 Beyond Belief. She is also the author of the award-winning book on suffering, entitled 'Why?:Looking at God, evil and personal suffering'. Her latest book, ‘Am I just my brain?’, examines questions of human identity from the perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy and theology.

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