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2016-07-05 NSW Chapter: ISCAST-CASE (Sydney) Lecture 1

Date: Tuesday 5th July 2016 at 7.30 pm.

Speaker: Dr Graeme Finlay, MA, PhD, BTh, author of Human Evolution: Genes, Genealogies and Phylogenies (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Lecture 1 Title: Unequivocal Genetic Evidence for Human Evolution, and implications for Christian Faith

Venue: Main Common Room, New College, UNSW, (H6; map link, under Parking); entrance at 330 Anzac Pde, Kensington.

See also ISCAST Lecture 2 (2016-07-07) on Thursday 7th July at Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University

Cost: Donation of $15 ($5 for pensioners and students) towards speaker travel and other costs would be much appreciated.

RSVPs to (Em.Prof) Peter Barry would be appreciated, but are not mandatory. For further information also contact Peter by email or by mobile on 0419 243 685. There will be some light refreshments after the lecture

Parking is available on nearby suburban streets or in the Western Campus Carpark (G2) between the New College Village (H3) and NIDA (E2), which is free after 6.30 pm and is accessed via Day Ave (download a map).

Abstract: In this lecture Graeme wants to do two things. Firstly to present the unequivocal evidence from comparative genomics that we are an evolved species. And then (because he knows that many Christians find it difficult to assimilate this) he will go on to emphasise that this strengthens and enriches our faith. The ‘givenness’ of evolution forces us to purify our approach to exegesis (Genesis), theology (creation), providence (God’s action in history), and the meaning of our own humanity.

Biosketch:  Dr Graeme Finlay, MA, PhD (Auckland), BTh (South Africa), has a PhD in cellular immunology, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Scientific Pathology at the Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, University of Auckland, where he has been working for over 35 years.  During his decades of research on cancer, he says “… I came to feel that I had to tell my fellow-Christians about the power of the new genetic evidence that gave such unambiguous support for evolutionary histories. DNA markers are a native language to any cancer cell biologist, and these same markers showed, with an astonishing degree of coherence, that we humans are an evolved species.”  Graeme also has a degree in theology and is active as a lay preacher.  In 2004 he produced 3 science and Christian faith booklets on the extraordinary advances in genetics and their implications for evolution, and finally in 2013 he had a major scientific monograph on comparative genetics published by the prestigious publisher, Cambridge University Press, entitled: Human Evolution: Genes, Genealogies and Phylogenies.  The book has been reviewed and described by someone who was once sceptical of evolution as a book “…destined to be a real game-changer in resolving the unfortunate science/faith controversy and in enabling those who cannot accept evolution to come to terms with it and gain wonderful perspectives on it as a marvellous reality of our world, but without having atheistic conclusions preached to them by the author, as is common in so many other books on evolution.”

During his time in Australia, after Sydney, Graeme expects to be giving lectures in Canberra, Melbourne, and Adelaide, and possibly also Brisbane.

For further information and any updates, see this website or contact Peter preferably by email, or mobile 0419 243 685

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