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Is There Purpose in Biology? The cost of existence and the God of love Denis Alexander

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ISBN:
9780857217141
Published:
19 Apr 2018
Format:
Paperback
Dimensions:
256 pages: 130 x 198 mm

Atheists assert that the natural world has no meaning or purpose. Dr Denis Alexander, Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmunds College, Cambridge, draws a different conclusion. Not only do recent evolutionary biological data appear inconsistent with the claim that the world is purposeless, but the Christian doctrine of creation has provided and continues to provide both context and stimulus for the study of the natural world. Christians started biology! However, is a belief in an omnipotent, benign Creator consistent with a world of pain and suffering? From a lifetime’s study in the biological sciences, Denis Alexander believes that whilst the cost of existence is extremely high, it can nonetheless be squared with the idea of a God of love whose ultimate purposes for humankind render that cost more comprehensible.
Dr. Denis R. Alexander was previously Chair of the Molecular Immunology Programme at The Babraham Institute in Cambridge. In 2006 he became founding Director of The Faraday Institute for Science & Religion at St. Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow, a position he held until 2012. Dr Alexander was Editor of the journal Science and Christian Belief from 1993-2012.

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