Dr. Denis Alexander
November 5–7, 2014
at Gordon College (Wenham, MA)
4 p.m. Reception, Loggia
4:30 p.m. Keynote Lecture, MacDonald Auditorium
Ken Olsen Science Center
Wednesday, November 5
"The Lion Roars: Creation and Biology”
Thursday, November 6
“The Farmer Sows: Biology, Randomness and Purpose”
Friday, November 7
“The Creation Groans: Biology and the Problem of Suffering”
Dr Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow. Dr. Alexander gave the prestigious Gifford lectures at St. Andrew’s University in 2012.
Dr Alexander was previously Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Prior to that Dr Alexander was at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and spent 15 years developing university departments and laboratories overseas, latterly as Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics. Dr Alexander was initially an Open Scholar at Oxford reading Biochemistry, before obtaining a PhD in Neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.
Dr Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. From 1992-2013 he was Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief, and currently serves on the National Committee of Christians in Science and as a member of the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion. He is also on the board of advisors at The BioLogos Forum.
November 5 | "The Lion Roars: Creation and Biology"
Stephen J. Pope
B.A. Philosophy and Theology, Gonzaga University
M.A. Divinity, University of Chicago
Ph.D. Ethics and Society, University of Chicago
Stephen J. Pope is Professor of Theology at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in theological ethics from the University of Chicago in 1988. He teaches courses on social ethics and theological ethics. He has written The Evolution of Altruism and the Ordering of Love (Georgetown, 1994) and Human Evolution and Christian Ethics (Cambridge, 2007), and he has edited Essays on the Ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas (Georgetown, 2001). He and his wife have three children and reside in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
November 6 | "The Farmer Sows: Biology, Randomness, and Purpose"
Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan
Ph.D. Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Biology, Whitefield Institute, Oxford University
B.S. Biology and History, Gordon College
David C. Lahti is an Assistant Professor of Biology and the Undergraduate Research Coordinator at Queens College, City University of New York, where he runs a Behavior and Evolution laboratory focusing mainly on learned behavior in birds and humans.
November 7 | "The Creation Groans: Biology and the Problem of Suffering"
Rev. Lucas Mix
M.Div. Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Episcopal)
Ph.D. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
B.S. Biochemistry, University of Washington
B.A. Comparative Religion, University of Washington
Rev. Dr. Lucas Mix is currently Associate in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, and has also served as Episcopal Chaplain and Adjunct Profesor of Religious Studies and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Arizona. He is author of Life in Space: The Astrobiological World(Harvard, 2009).