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Date Thursday, April 2, 2020
Time 7pm — 9pm CDT

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CANCELED: Trinity Symposium: Denis Alexander

Are We Slaves to Our Genes?


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This lecture will discuss how human genetic variation relates to behavioral variation, sometimes leading to the idea that our lives represent a competition between genetic and environmental influences in which the genes invariably win. However, contemporary developmental biology points to a more integrated view of human personhood. This brings the science into a natural conversation with theology via the ancient idea of humankind made in the image of God. This powerful framework for understanding human identity guarantees the value of each individual irrespective of their genetic endowment and highlights the moral responsibilities placed upon humankind, involving genuine choice. Far from being slaves to our genes, it is our human DNA that contributes so powerfully to the human development that leads to genuine free will.

This lecture is free and open to the public.
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Denis R. Alexander (PhD Institute of Psychiatry, London) is the Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge, where he is Emeritus Fellow of St. Edmund’s College. He gave the Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews University in 2012, published as Genes, Determinism and God (Cambridge University Press, 2017).


This event is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton  Foundation. The opinions expressed throughout this event do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.





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