Denis Alexander

Denis Alexander is a founding fellow of the ISSR and Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, where he is Emeritus Fellow. Genes, Determinism and God was published by Cambridge University Press on July 13th 2017, and is based on the author’s Gifford Lectures given at St. Andrews University, Scotland, in 2012.

  • Genes, Determinism and God

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    Genes, Determinism and God | Denis Alexander

    Contemporary biology and Christian theology agree: We are more than our genes. Read More >

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  • The Various Meanings of Concordism

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    The Various Meanings of Concordism | Denis Alexander

    There is no need to keep theology in a watertight box, in isolation from the materiality of the created order. Read More >

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  • Adam and the Genome: Some Thoughts from Denis Alexander

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    Adam and the Genome: Some Thoughts from Denis Alexander | Denis Alexander

    Our task is to ask how science and Christian theology might generate an integrated account of human origins. If all truth is God’s truth, as Christians believe, such a task shou... Read More >

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  • Made in the Image of God: Human Values and Genomics

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    Made in the Image of God: Human Values and Genomics | Denis Alexander

    Genes are seen as something different from "us" and "our mind," and they seem to be controlling us, so we can't even change our mind. Humans are presented as pawns of their biology. Read More >

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  • Theological Implications of Human Genomics, Part 2

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    Theological Implications of Human Genomics, Part 2 | Denis Alexander

    Theologians have spent many centuries mining the rich vein of the 'image of God' metaphor. Do recent advances in genomics threaten, support, or remain silent on such a view of humanki... Read More >

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  • A Response to Coyne, MacDonald, Ruse, and Wilkinson, Pt 2

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    A Response to Coyne, MacDonald, Ruse, and Wilkinson, Pt 2 | Denis Alexander

    Once you understand that these Models represent "faith seeking understanding" as to the origins of real human spiritual life, then you can see why I tend to lean more towards... Read More >

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  • A Response to Coyne, MacDonald, Ruse, and Wilkinson

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    A Response to Coyne, MacDonald, Ruse, and Wilkinson | Denis Alexander

    I am pleased to note that my paper has stimulated a good discussion. As is the way with such discussions, the topic has broadened in the process, so here I will simply... Read More >

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  • Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 5

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    Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 5 | Denis Alexander

    The Homo divinus model takes very seriously the Biblical idea that Adam and Eve were historical figures and also sees the Fall as an historical event of the disobedience of Adam and E... Read More >

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  • Made in the Image of God: Theological Implications of Human Genomics

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    Made in the Image of God: Theological Implications of Human Genomics | Denis Alexander

    The tenth anniversary of the human genome has been marked by striking new genetic insights. Do these new discoveries have any significance for the dialogue between science and religio... Read More >

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  • Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 4

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    Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 4 | Denis Alexander

    In the Homo divinus model, God in his grace chose a couple of Neolithic farmers in the Near East to whom he chose to reveal himself in a special way, calling them into fellowship. Read More >

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  • Denis Alexander on Restoring a Traditional Creation Theology

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    Denis Alexander on Restoring a Traditional Creation Theology | Denis Alexander

    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... Read More >

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  • Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 3

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    Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 3 | Denis Alexander

    The Retelling Model suggests that as anatomically modern humans evolved in Africa, a gradual growing awareness of God’s presence pressed upon their lives, to which they responde... Read More >

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  • Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 2

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    Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 2 | Denis Alexander

    Humans have religion, chimps do not. At some stage humanity began to know the one true God of the scriptures. How and when did that happen? Read More >

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  • Biology and Ideology – From Descartes to Dawkins

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    Biology and Ideology – From Descartes to Dawkins | Denis Alexander

    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... Read More >

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  • Darwin: The Father of Modern Racism?

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    Darwin: The Father of Modern Racism? | Denis Alexander

    Alexander notes that while the biological evolution is not itself an ideology, it has been used for ideological purposes since to defend everything from eugenics to capitalism to raci... Read More >

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