Dr. Denis Alexander

Denis Alexander

Statement

"I am looking forward very much to my visit to the historic town of Maynooth - it will be my very first visit there and a wonderful opportunity to have dialogue on the fascinating topic of science and religion. Evolution has aroused discussion and debate ever since Darwin's Origin of Species in 1859. Without doubt Darwinian evolution provides a highly successful paradigm within which all the current biological sciences are carried out. But the scientific success of the theory has also led some people to try and invest the theory with various kinds of ideology, a process that continues to the present day. This talk will survey this process, and in particular address the question as to whether the notions of 'design' in general, and of 'intelligent design' in particular, are compatible with evolutionary theory".

Brief biography

Denis Alexander is the Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund's College, Cambridge, to which he was elected a Fellow in 1998.

Dr. Alexander is also a Senior Affiliated Scientist at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge, where he supervises a research group in cancer and immunology, and where for many years he was Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development. Dr. Alexander was previously at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and prior to that 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 first prenatal diagnosis clinic in the Arab World. Dr. Alexander was initially an Open Scholar at Oxford reading Biochemistry, before obtaining a PhD in Neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Dr. Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. Since 1992 he has been Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief, and currently serves on the National Committee of Christians in Science and as a member of the International Society for Science and Religion.

Personal website: http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/Biography.php?ID=9

The Faraday Institute

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is an academic research enterprise based at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge. The Institute has four main activities:

  1. Scholarly research and publication on science and religion, including the organisation of invited groups of experts to write joint publications.
  2. Short-term courses in science and religion.
  3. Seminars and lectures on science and religion.
  4. Provision of accurate information on science and religion for the international media and wider public.

The Faraday Institute is funded by the Templeton Foundation and brings together scientists, philosophers and theologians from all over the world.

Website of the Faraday Institute: http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/

Bibliography

  • Beyond Belief: Science, faith and ethical challenges, Denis Alexander & Bob White, Lion 2004, ISBN 0-7459-5141-4
  • Rebuilding the matrix: Science and faith in the twenty first century, Denis Alexander, Lion 2001, ISBN 0-7459-5116-3