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Slaves to our Genes? Genes, Determinism and God
Dr Denis Alexander  

31 May 2017 • 7pm •  Library Extension 1, HKU

Denis Alexander provides an engaging approach to the question of what it means to be human. With insights from genetics, philosophy and theology, Alexander shows that contemporary science is a gift to natural theology and that theology and science can indeed learn from and support one another.

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Can We Have Abundant Life (Without Trashing the Planet)? 
Rev Dave Bookless

1 June 2017 • 7pm •  Library Extension 1, HKU

In a world of 7+ billion citizens, each aspiring towards a lifestyle that consumes more of the planet’s resources than our ancestors, what is ‘enough’ and how do we know when we have it? Is affluenza the most worrying illness in today’s world, or should we simply be glad that life is now more comfortable? Should we be concerned by the ‘planetary boundaries’ which scientists say we are exceeding, or can technology give us hope of a new future? Does it matter that 58% of the world’s wildlife has disappeared in the past 50 years?

This lecture suggests some answers rooted in ancient biblical wisdom. Abundant life may be found in the simplest and most surprising things, in reconnecting with places, people and patterns of life that care for the earth, our common home.

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Who Cares If We Live? Ethics at the Beginning & End of Life
Prof John Wyatt

2 June 2017 • 7pm •  Library Extension 1, HKU

Rapid advances in reproductive and genetic technology are transforming the way new human beings can be created, selected and modified. At the same time, powerful medical technology is able to keep elderly people alive in the face of devastating diseases and degenerative conditions. How can we respond to these complex ethical challenges from the perspective of the historic Christian faith? This talk will discuss how our responses to ethical challenges at the beginning and end of life reflect deep and contested views on what it means to be human, and will offer some practical ways forward for addressing these complex issues.

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