Creation or Evolution

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Creation or Evolution


Alexander, Denis





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Creation or Evolution:
Do we have to choose?

Dr Denis Alexander is a neuroscientist who believes passionately in both the biblical doctrine of creation and the coherence of evolutionary theory. His book draws on the latest genetic research. What do we mean by creation and evolution? What are the common scientific objections to evolution? Is evolution atheistic? Who were Adam and Eve? Can the concept of the Fall be reconciled with evolutionary theory? How could a God of love create a world where animals kill each other? What about intelligent design? The author concludes that the question in the title is a false dichotomy: we do not need to choose, since both are true. 'Nature is what God does' - Augustine This new edition takes account of the most recent scientific and theological developments and responds to critiques of the first edition.



"In this brilliant and highly readable treatise, Denis Alexander the scientist-believer argues convincingly and lovingly that a committed Christian need not fear evolution, but can embrace it as God's awesome means of creation. This is a must-read for all those who care about the future of the faith." (Dr Francis S. Collins, Director of the National Instittutes of Health 2014-11-27)

"Very timely, thoughtful, thorough and full of integrity. It speaks the languages of both science and faith in a remarkably clear and accessible way." (John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford 2014-11-27)

"A masterful and enlightening journey through both the relevant biblical text and the science underlying evolution." (Andrew P. Halestrap, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Bristol 2014-11-27)

"A fresh and massive contribution to an important debate … no Christian interested in the questions of origins can ignore this book." (Julian Hardyman, Senior Pastor, Eden Baptist Church 2014-11-27)

"Immensely valuable … a thoughtful and thought-provoking work." (The Tablet 2014-11-27)


About the Author

Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion,St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow. Dr Alexander was previously Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Prior to that he was at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and 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. There he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics. He 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. His Monarch titles include: Creation or Evolution and Is There Purpose in Biology?.