The Enlightened Gene: Biology, Buddhism, and the Convergence that Explains the World

Marriott Conference Center A

Sunday, 5:00-5:45

Are humans inherently good? Where does compassion come from? Is death essential for life? The surprising confluence of Buddhist thought and cutting-edge biology. Listen as Emory University Professor Dr. Arri Eisen, explores the striking ways in which the integration of Buddhism with cutting-edge discoveries in the biological sciences can change our understanding of life and how we live it.


Arri Eisen

Arri Eisen is the Nat C. Robertson Distinguished Teaching Professor in Science & Society in Biology, the Institute for the Liberal Arts, and the Center for Ethics at Emory University, where for the past 28 years he has taught science, ethics, and how to teach. Arri earned his undergraduate degree with honors in biology from UNC-Chapel Hill and his PhD in biochemistry from UW-Seattle. His students include undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, physicians, monks, and nuns. Arri is one of the leaders of the Emory Tibet Science Initiative which over the last decade has integrated modern science into the 600-year-old curriculum of the Dalai Lama's monks and nuns in exile in India. Arri lives with his family in Atlanta.


Reverend Dr. James L. Brewer-Calvert

Pastor James is Senior Pastor at the First Christian Church of Decatur. He is married to Rev. Betty Brewer-Calvert. They have two adult children. In February 2018, James and his downtown Decatur congregation celebrated 20 years of shared leadership as pastor and parish. He previously served churches in East Harlem, NY; Dallas, TX; and Jackson, TN. Articles, liturgical resources, op-ed pieces, narrative essays, and sermons of his have been published in journals, newspapers, and magazines. He has a BA from Hampshire College, a Master’s in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary. He is delighted to get up every morning raring to work and play among the whole people of God.