Evidence for a Creator God

Evidence for a Creator God

Genexis is a series of talks by world leading scientists and academics presenting simple evidence for a creator God.

All the talks below are from the launch event in 2019 at Coventry Cathedral. As more become available we will publish them below or post a link. Genexis’ website can be found here: www.genexis.org

Main talks 2019

Did the universe have a beginning? How is it that everything came from nothing? What is the nature of the relationship between Science and a creator?

Ard Louis is a professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford University, where he leads a team working on problems arising at the boundaries of chemistry, physics and biology. From 2002 to 2010 he was a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. He co-presented the four part documentary ‘Why we are here’ with David Malone and appeared in ‘The Story of God’ with Morgan Freeman.
How is it that a universe displays such predictable properties? How is it that the rules of the universe can be understood by us and modelled using simple mathematics? How are scientists able to make accurate predictions?

Professor Paul Davies is an eminent Physicist and Cosmologist at Arizona State University where he directs the Beyond Centre for Fundamental Concepts in Science. He is a prolific writer and populariser of science, writing for an international audience. Although not conventionally religious, Paul is passionate about addressing the big questions of existence in an open-minded and intellectually rigorous way.
What properties allow our universe to support life? What is the probability that these properties came about by chance? Why are scientists so puzzled by the fine-tuning of the universe? What possible explanations are there?

John Lennox is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford University. He has written over seventy published mathematical papers and is the co-author of two research level texts in algebra in the Oxford Mathematical Monographs series. John has also produced numerous books exploring the interface of science, philosophy and theology, including ‘God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?’.
What is DNA? How much DNA do we have in our bodies? How does DNA replicate? How does DNA impact human existence?

Dr Denis Alexander is the Founding Director [Emeritus] of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge, where he is also Emeritus Fellow of St. Edmund’s College. He is a past chair of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at The Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Before this Dr Alexander was at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now known as Cancer Research UK).
Is consciousness an illusion? Are we more than our brains? How do our personal experiences relate to our brain processes? What does brain imaging suggest about the mind/brain problem?

Originally from a scientific background, Dr Sharon Dirckx has a PhD in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions in the UK and USA. She now works as a Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). Her book, ‘Am I just my brain?’, examines questions of human identity from the perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy and theology.
Where do ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ come from? Does objective morality exist; Is ‘wrong’ always wrong? Where could objective morality come from? Does a purely materialistic worldview allow for objective morality? What – if anything – is at stake?

George Ellis is the Emeritus distinguished professor of complex systems in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He co-authored The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time with University of Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking, published in 1973, and is considered one of the world’s leading theorists in cosmology. He is an active Quaker and in 2004 he won the Templeton Prize. From 1989 to 1992 he served as president of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation. He is a past president of the International Society for Science and Religion. Prof Ellis is also Visiting Professor Physics Department, Oxford University 2016-2018 and visiting Professor of Complex Systems, Said School of Business, Oxford University 2019-2021. He is the author of several important books including “On the Moral Nature of the Universe: Cosmology, Theology and Ethics” (1996).
Was Jesus really dead when they buried him? Is there any evidence outside of religious texts? Wasn’t the story just made up? Couldn’t it all have been sleight of hand or a conspiracy?

NT (Tom) Wright is a leading New Testament scholar and authority on the historical evidence for the resurrection. He was the Bishop of Durham (2003-2010) before becoming a Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College in the University of St Andrews. He recently moved to Oxford and taken up a position as Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall. Tom is a prolific writer and author of over eighty works including ‘The Resurrection of the Son of God’ considered by many to be the seminal Christian work on the resurrection of Jesus.

bonus talks 2019

Each speaker below, highly respected in their own field, explains their different way of looking at the evidence for a Creator God and, consequently, finding themselves coming to faith.

Lord Stephen Males explores how the evidence for a creator can be assessed in a similar manner to how evidence is weighed in the court of appeal.

Sir Stephen Martin Males (Rt Hon Lord Justice Males) is a British judge who serves in The Court of Appeal of England and Wales. He practised as a barrister for over 30 years at the commercial bar as an advocate and (latterly) as an arbitrator.
Stephen Shaw explains how he has wrestled with and explored some of life’s biggest questions. He invites us to explore these questions and travel where the evidence leads.

Stephen Shaw QC is a leading senior counsel who has represented a diverse pool of clients including banks, social media companies, schools and politicians. He was recently on the panel of The Independent Assessment on Paramilitary Organisations in Northern Ireland.
Francis Collins headed the human genome project and went on to lead the National Institutes of Health (US). Here, Francis shares his journey as a scientist turning to faith and about how he believes DNA points towards a creator.
Lee Strobel was an award winning investigative journalist writing for the Chicago Tribune and a confident atheist. The day that his wife returned home and told him she had become a Christian, one word flashed through his mind: “DIVORCE!”.

In an attempt to convince his wife to drop her faith, Lee set out to dispute the crux of Christianity; Jesus’s death and resurrection. In this short film he tells his story and some of the evidence which convinced him to change his mind.