We are delighted to be able to tell you of the confirmed line up of speakers for Genexis 2021. These are all genuine experts in their fields and will be speaking on a series of topics that anybody seeking answers to life’s biggest questions will want to hear.
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Questions such as Is believing in God rational? Does atheism have a plausible explanation for the origins of the Universe? Why is the Universe apparently fine-tuned for life? Is the Universe just a lucky accident? And can I really believe what I read in the bible’s New Testament?
This event is perfect for Sceptics, Atheists, Christians, anybody wanting a deeper understanding of the key evidence that points towards a creator.
Genexis 2021 will take place in Coventry (20-22 September) and London (27-29 Sep). Each evening will feature three speakers addressing different topics.
The Genexis 2021 speaker line up is:
Professor John Lennox: ‘Maths’
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 is also an Associate Fellow of the Saïd Business School and teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. John has lectured extensively in North America, Eastern and Western Europe and Australasia on mathematics, the philosophy of science and the intellectual defence of Christianity. 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?, Seven Days That Divide the World, Determined to Believe? God and Stephen Hawking, and Can Science Explain Everything? He has participated in many public discussions with academics from around the world and has debated a number of high profile atheists, such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Peter Singer. Watch Professor John Lennox's talk from Genexis 2019.
Professor Ard Louis: ‘Science’
[A person standing on a stage with a microphone in front of a crowd Description automatically generated with low confidence] Ard Louis is a professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford University, where he leads a team working on problems 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. In 2013 he was elected a fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion and he is an associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. He co-presented the four part documentary 'Why are we here' with David Malone and appeared in 'The Story of God' with Morgan Freeman. Watch Professor Ard Louis's talk from Genexis 2019.
Professor Paul Davies: ‘Time’
Paul Davies is Regents’ Professor of Physics, Director of the Beyond Centre for Fundamental Concepts in Science and Co-Director of the Cosmology Initiative at Arizona State University. His research has been mainly in the area of theoretical astrophysics and astrobiology, with emphasis on the big bang, black holes, the origin of life and SETI. He is also active in cancer research. He has received many scientific and literary awards, including the 1995 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, The Faraday Prize from The Royal Society and the Kelvin Medal of the UK Institute of Physics. He was made a member of the Order of Australia in the 2007 Queen's birthday honours list and received the Bicentenary Medal of Chile in 2011. The asteroid (6870) Pauldavies was named in recognition of his work on cosmic impacts. He has written several hundred research papers and 31 books, the latest of which is 'The Demon in the Machine,' which addresses the fundamental questions: ‘What is life?’ and ‘How did life begin?’ Davies is a lifelong populariser of science through television and radio series and newspaper and magazine articles. He is not conventionally religious but is passionate about addressing the big questions of existence in an open-minded and intellectually rigorous way. Watch Professor Paul Davies's talk from Genexis 2019.
Professor Tom McLeish: ‘Chaos’
Tom McLeish is inaugural Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of York, England, and is also affiliated to the University’s Centre for Medieval Studies and Humanities Research Centre. His scientific research in ‘soft matter and biological physics,’ has inspired collaborations with chemists, engineers, and biologists to study relationships between molecular structure and emergent material properties, recognized by major awards in the USA and Europe. He has conceived, won funding for, and directed several large interdisciplinary collaborations and currently leads the UK ‘Physics of Life’ network. He holds a 5-year ESPRC personal research fellowship focusing on the physics of protein signalling and the self-assembly of silk fibres. Tom is author of Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP 2014), The Poetry and Music of Science (OUP 2019) and Soft Matter: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2020). He co-leads the Ordered Universe project, a large interdisciplinary re-examination of 13th century science. He has also contributed to the philosophy of emergence, and to research in cross-curricular education for post-16 pupils. From 2008 to 2014 he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham University, from 2012-2015 Vice President for Science at the UK Institute of Physics, and from 2015-2020 Chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee. He is currently a Council Member of the Royal Society, a trustee of the John Templeton Foundation, and chair of Harvard University’s Knox postgraduate awards.
Dr Sharon Dirckx: ‘Suffering’
Originally from a scientific background, Sharon Dirckx has a PhD in Brain Imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions in the UK and USA. Sharon is an author and speaker at OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She speaks and lectures on Science, Theology, ‘Mind and Soul’ and the Problem of Evil. Sharon has appeared on several BBC programmes including Songs of Praise, Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday and Radio 4 Beyond Belief. She is also the author of the award-winning book on suffering, entitled 'Why?:Looking at God, evil and personal suffering'. Her recent book, ‘Am I just my brain?’, examines questions of human identity from the perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy and theology. Watch Dr Sharon Dirckx's talk from Genexis 2019.
Dr Andy Bannister: ‘Rights’
Dr Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity, speaking and teaching regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, and the wider world. From universities to TV and radio, he regularly addresses audiences on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies and has taught extensively at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and Philosophy. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology and is also Adjunct Faculty at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. His works include Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? and The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Dreadful Consequences of Really Bad Arguments).
Tom Holland: ‘The Cross’
Tom Holland FRSL is an award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. He is the author of Rubicon: The Triumph and the Tragedy of the Roman Republic, which won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Persian Fire, his history of the Graeco-Persian wars, won the Anglo-Hellenic League’s Runciman Award in 2006. He has written and presented a number of TV documentaries, for the BBC and Channel 4, on subjects ranging from ISIS to dinosaurs. In his 2019 book, Dominion: The Making of the Western Mind, Tom unpicks the historical impact of Christianity on Science, Philosophy, Religion and even Atheism.
Professor NT (Tom) Wright: ‘Witnesses’
Professor 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) and is now Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. 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. In 2014, he was awarded the Burkitt Medal by the British Academy 'in recognition of special service to Biblical Studies'. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). Watch Professor NT Wright’s talk from Genexis 2019.
Rev Stephen Foster: ‘Evidence’
Stephen Foster read Law at St Anne’s College, Oxford, and went on to practice as a criminal barrister in London. In 2010, he went to train for ordination as an Anglican priest in Cambridge, including researching an MPhil on the interrelation of justice and love. Stephen served as the Preaching Pastor at Holy Trinity Brompton and was the National Director of Alpha UK. In 2021 he was appointed Rector of St Aldates Oxford and speaks regularly at conferences and events.