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2011-07-18 How We Became Human from the Beginning (NSW)

ISCAST-CASE Lecture
Date: July 18, 7.30 pm
Speaker: Michael Knight, Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology at UTS, Sydney.

Venue: Main Common Room, New College, University of New South Wales
Topic: HOW WE BECAME HUMAN FROM THE BEGINNING. The current evidence and what may a Christian make of it?          Click on Event Title for RSVP & more information.
Cost: A donation of $10 would be appreciated, but is not mandatory.

Emeritus Professor Michael J Knight, BSc, PhD (Melbourne), LMIAH (Lifetime member of IAH) , was previously the Professor and Centre Director of The National Centre for Groundwater Management at The University of Technology, Sydney. He was also previously the World President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH), and in 2010 received the Association's (NSW Chapter) IAH lifetime achievement (Woolley) award for his work in education, consulting and research and his role as IAH International President. Michael is married to Janet and they have four children and ten grandchildren. He is using his spare time in retirement to write a book on Groundwater in Antiquity.

Abstract: We are made in God's image but how did he do it? Humanization may be viewed as a process that extended over 7 million years. Changes occurred to anatomy, creativity, culture, socialisation and consciousness of the spiritual dimension. Pain and pressures due to changing climates were experienced. Sin as well as social concern for others are also evident in the material record over time and suggests choice was involved.
By the Bronze Age, when Abraham lived (1812–1637 BC) Homo sapiens were fully wired to worship various gods on offer or have a relationship with the one true God. Abraham, in spite of his pagan culture, chose the latter for which we can all be most grateful. Recent neurological research shows that today's humans are wired for belief. God entered our world as a fully human and divine being: Jesus Christ, and through Him we can share in the nature of God. Some Christian implications of the palaeoanthropological, archaeological and other evidence presented will be discussed.
Parking is probably most convenient in nearby suburban streets or alternatively in the multi-storey car park at UNSW Gate 14 on Barker Street or on the adjacent suburban streets. A light supper will follow the lecture and discussion. 
For RSVP (appreciated) or further information contact Prof Peter Barry (p.barry@unsw.edu.au ; 0419 243 685) or Dr Lewis Jones (lewis.jones@simeonnetwork.org ; 0418 605 687)..

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