About PARKS at ONE

PARKS at ONE is a series of monthly lunchtime talks which aim to connect the Christian faith with the everyday lives of all those who work on the Cambridge Science, Innovation and Business Parks. 

It's free, there is no need to book and everyone is welcome – whether you a person of faith, curious about the big questions of life, or just interested in finding out more about the Christian faith.

We meet at 1pm in the Trinity Centre conference suite on the Science Park and  finish by 1.35pm allowing you to get on with your working day.

Food and drink can be purchased from the cafe adjacent to the conference suite or you are welcome to bring your own food and eat during the talk.

Next meeting:

Tuesday 11th June  2019, 1pm, Trinity Centre, Cambridge Science Park

DNA, Determinism and God

We used to think that our fate was in the stars. Now we know in large measure that our fate is in our genes. James Dewey Watson

We are machines for propagating DNA, and the propagation of DNA is a self-sustaining process. It is every living object's sole reason for living. 
Richard Dawkins

It is humbling for me and awe inspiring to realise that we have caught the first glimpse of our own instruction book, previously known only to God.
Francis Collins (Leader of the Human Genome Project)

Who am I? Where do I come from? Why am I like I am?

In recent years there have been tremendous claims for the discovery of criminality genes, happiness genes, genes governing our political dispositions, aggression, eating habits and even a ‘love-cheat’ gene! This suggests that we are no more than the sum of our genetic coding and leads us in the direction of a kind of genetic fatalism - what some have called the deification of DNA.

Can I therefore blame my genes for everything? Are we at the mercy of our genes? Is biology our true destiny? And where does this leave free-will, personal responsibility? What are the political implications of a worldview deprived from genetic determinism?

Finally, how does the Christian faith and the belief that humans are made in the image of God inform and re-shape the debate?

We are delighted to welcome our speaker Professor Keith Fox to help us navigate this important subject. Keith is Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Southampton and an expert in the field of DNA research. He is the Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion here in Cambridge and Senior Executive Editor of Nucleic Acids Research and Editor of Science and Christian belief. 

Do join us if you can for what will be a superb and very helpful talk.