Venema in Edmonton: Adam, the Genome, and Evangelicals

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Christian Reformed Campus Ministry and the CSCA present a lecture by Dennis Venema (Professor of Biology, Trinity Western University).

 “Adam, the Genome, and Evangelicals: Irreconcilable Differences?”

Location: HUB 176 (Multifaith Prayer and Meditation Space), University of Alberta
NOTE: the Multifaith Prayer and Meditation Space is on the GROUND FLOOR of HUB. Entrance is on the ground level from outside HUB. Room 176 (among other rooms) is within this space. (Near the stairs numbered 9102.)


Abstract: Many Christians believe that humans are direct, supernatural creations who did not result from an evolutionary process. Additionally, many Christians hold that all humans today descend uniquely from a single ancestral couple: Adam and Eve. These strongly-held convictions are now under pressure, namely from genomics evidence that indicates humans evolved and descend from a large population, rather than from a single pair. Is it possible that God used evolution as a means of creation? Or should Christians resist this evidence? What about intelligent design? This talk will explore the genomics evidence and consider its implications for evangelical faith and witness.

Dennis R. Venema (Ph.D. University of British Columbia) is Professor of Biology at Trinity Western University and Fellow of Biology for the BioLogos Foundation. He is co-author, with Scot McKnight, of Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science (Brazos, 2017). His research focuses on the genetics of pattern formation using the common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. He also writes and speaks widely on the intersection of evolutionary biology and Christian faith.


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