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Alexander, Denis

Denis Alexander

Denis Alexander is the Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, to which he was elected a Fellow in 1998. Alexander writes, lectures, and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. He is a member of the International Society for Science and Religion.

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A Response to Coyne, MacDonald, Ruse, and Wilkinson

2 Part Series: A Response to Coyne, Macdonald, Ruse, and Wilkinson

This brief series addresses a few key points in response to critiques of a previous paper written by Denis Alexander, which presented two possible understandings of Adam in the Genesis account. In the first part, he discusses Coyne’s use of “intemperate language,” the differences between the science-religion debate in the UK and the US, and the method of hermeneutics he uses to interpret the Genesis story. In the latter section, he focuses primarily on the Retelling and the Homo divinus model put forth in his previous paper, clarifying and refining them.
February 04, 2011 
Denis Alexander 
Christianity & Science - Then and Now 
 
Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 1

5 Part Series: Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person

Denis Alexander begins this five part series by discussing both what a model is and whether it is appropriate to use one when building a bridge between scientific truths and theological truths. Providing evolutionary facts about the origins of humans as well as discussing the origin and meaning of Adam in Genesis, he constructs what he calls a Retelling model and a Homo divinus model. Both approaches, he concludes, “suggest that human evolution per se is irrelevant to the theological understanding of humankind made in the image of God.”
December 16, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
 
Made in the Image of God: Theological Implications of Human Genomics

3 Part Series: Made in the Image of God: The Theological Implications of Human Genomics

This series by Denis Alexander reflects on advancements in genomics as well as their theological implications. He focuses on the relatedness of hominin genomes, arguing that this does not interfere with the image of God in humans. The image of God depends more on the capacity for relationship and covenant, not on a list of particular physical qualities. He then discusses why the recent studies of genomics provide “no grounds for genetic determinism.”
January 04, 2011 
Denis Alexander 
Human Origins, Image of God 
 
Denis Alexander on Understanding Creation Theology

Denis Alexander on Understanding Creation Theology

In this video Conversation, Denis Alexander asserts that contemporary Christians are not taking the early chapters of Genesis seriously enough.
February 15, 2013 
Denis Alexander 
Creation & Origins 
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Beware Evolutionary ‘Just-so’ Stories About Religious Belief

Beware Evolutionary ‘Just-so’ Stories About Religious Belief

As an evolutionary biologist I am fascinated by the emergence of cognitive abilities that make us so distinctive from other living species. There are, however, risks in making up evolutionary "just-so" stories to explain the origins of complex human beliefs.
January 08, 2011 
Denis Alexander 
Brain, Mind & Soul 
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Denis Alexander on Restoring a Traditional Creation Theology

Denis Alexander on Restoring a Traditional Creation Theology

In this video, Denis Alexander remarks that it is an error to argue that evolution is inherently atheistic, as it takes the scientific theory and imposes one’s personal ideology upon it.
December 30, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Science & Worldviews 
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What Does it Mean to Have “Common Ancestry”?

What Does it Mean to Have “Common Ancestry”?

In this brief video “Conversation” Denis Alexander explains that common ancestry does not mean that we are descended from apes, rather, it means that we last shared a common ancestor with them roughly 6 million years ago.
November 17, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
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Biology and Ideology – From Descartes to Dawkins

Biology and Ideology – From Descartes to Dawkins

Ever since modern science emerged in the 16th and 17th centuries, it has been used and abused for purposes that lie well beyond science. Biology has been particularly susceptible to ideological manipulation and application, a trend that shows no sign of abating.
September 03, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Science & Worldviews 
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Darwin: The Father of Modern Racism?

Darwin: The Father of Modern Racism?

Alexander notes that while the biological theory of evolution is not itself an ideology, it has been used for ideological purposes since 1859 to defend everything from eugenics to capitalism to racism to atheism.
August 25, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Science & Worldviews 
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Understanding Genesis and the Fall

Understanding Genesis and the Fall

In this video clip, Denis Alexander discusses the description of the Fall found in Genesis. Alexander suggests that the picture we might have of the story owes more to the imaginative expansion of the narrative as found in Milton’s Paradise Lost than what is actually present in the biblical text itself.
January 30, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Adam, the Fall, and Sin 
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How Does a BioLogos model need to address the theological issues

How Does a BioLogos model need to address the theological issues

Science and Religion scholar Denis Alexander presents two models for relating Adam and Eve with the findings of contemporary anthropology. This essay was presented at the November 2010 Theology of Celebration Workshop
December 01, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Human Origins