Our bodies are made of the same stuff as the planet itself and every species, including humanity, came into being against powerful odds. What does this say to us about creation and our place in it? Evolutionary biologist Steve Jones, palaeontologist Simon Conway Morris, theologian Alister McGrath and Biblical scholar Diana Lipton will discuss the place and role of human beings in the web of life.

• Simon Conway Morris FRS is Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge. The author of The Crucible of Creation and Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe, he delivered the 1996 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

• Steve Jones is Professor of Genetics at University College London. A well-known broadcaster and writer, his awards include the Faraday Prize for the Public Understanding of Science and Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year. His books include In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny.

• Alister McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology, University of Oxford. Trained as a molecular biophysicist, he is now one of Britain’s leading theologians and a prolific author. His books include The Dawkins Delusion? and The Twilight of Atheism.

• Diana Lipton is Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at King’s College, London. An expert on the book of Genesis, her publications include Longing for Egypt and Other Unexpected Biblical Tales, and she is co-editor of the Oxford Reader in Feminism and Theology.

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