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Paper 14: Human genomics and the Image of God

Dr Graeme Finlay

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The DNA we have inherited is the current edition of a text that has been transmitted to us through innumerable generations of ancestors. Unique markers in our DNA show that our ancestors were shared not only with other people, but (progressively further back in time) with other apes, primates and mammals. Our DNAtells a story that describes our biological origins during mammalian evolution, but that is not sufficient to account for our origins as persons.We are formed as persons only as we hear and assimilate stories transmitted in our families and communities. Christians believe that the story that is essential to the development of a fulfilled humanity is that which relates Godís redeeming action in Jesus Christ.

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