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Dr Graeme Finlay will be visiting Australia in July 2016. He will be presenting lectures and speaking at events accross the country.

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Date: Thursday 7th 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 2 Title:  Genetics, Evolution, Cancer, Suffering and God

Venue: College chapel, Robert Menzies College, 136 Herring Rd, North Ryde NSW 2113 (Further details later).

See also ISCAST-CASE Lecture 1 (2016-07-05) on Tuesday 5th July at New College, UNSW

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.

A group of scientists in the US are continuing to conduct research on human-animal hybrid embryos, despite a moratorium on funding from the National Institutes of Health. Pablo Ross, a reproductive biologist from the University of California, Davis, has been working with a research team to implant human induced pluripotent cells in pig embryos, with the hope of growing human organs in developing porcine fetuses.

As a sign of growing interest in transhumanism, the Washington Post recently featured a symposium with several distinguished writers. It may indicate a growing interest in its aspirations, in an election year when a transhumanist, Zoltan Istvan, is seriously running for President.

 

When I was tutoring a philosophy of religion unit at my university, I often started the discussion by asking students if they believed in God. Many said that they didn’t believe in the God of the Bible but that they did believe in the existence of some kind of spiritual presence in the world. It was hard to know whether their spirituality was an inconsequential residue left by the death of religion or a stubborn refusal to leave it behind.

 

The Hebrew Bible starts off by giving an account of the world that is at odds with well-established scientific findings. It is a book that says that heaven and earth were made in one week, yet careful analysis of astronomical data suggests otherwise. It says that various sorts of animals were brought into being just days apart, whereas the fossil record points to an incremental evolution of one species from another over millions of years.

 

Eleanor Puttock has spent the last few years building up a successful podcast series on science and faith. It’s time to turn the tables and ask her a few questions about her own views on science and faith.

 

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