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Darwin, Evolution and God: The Present Debates
23 February, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
This lecture sets the scientific and religious context for Darwin’s theory of evolution, before considering this theory and the challenges this raised for traditional religious beliefs. In particular, we will consider some issues raised by Richard Dawkins in his Blind Watchmaker (1986) and The God Delusion (2006). The lecture will then conclude by looking at “social Darwinism”, particularly the controversial question of eugenics. If we understand how evolution happens, can we – and should we – take control of the process?
Alister McGrath, Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford shall be giving the talk, he is one of the world’s most respected theologians.