Baylor Welcomes Science and Religion Expert for Lecture

Oct. 19, 2010

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Dr. Denis Alexander, director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at St. Edmunds College at Cambridge University, will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in room B110 of the Baylor Sciences Building on the Baylor University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Alexander will speak on "The Dawkins Delusion: Debunking the Conflict Between Science and Religion."

The lecture is sponsored by the Baylor department of physics, the Baylor Society for Conversations in Religion, Ethics and Science, Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning, the Baylor student branch of the American Scientific Affiliation, and the Office of the Vice-Provost for Research.

Prior to his public lecture, he will offer a lecture to select academic departments titled "Is There an Anthropic Principle in Biology?"

Alexander was an open scholar at Oxford University and received his doctoral degree in neurochemistry from the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London. He then spent 15 years in academic positions in the Middle East, including time as associate professor of biochemistry at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1981-1986).

Prior to his arrival at the Faraday Institute, Alexander worked at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, and since 1989 at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge where he was chair of the molecular immunology program and head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development, before leaving in 2008.

Since 1992, he has been editor of the journal "Science and 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.

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by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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