This talk takes a brief look at the story of human evolution over the past three million years, from Lucy to modern humans. Scientists have reconstructed a human family tree, which reveals our messy path, with dead-ends, wrong turns and extinctions. Such evidence challenges our traditional faith about a creator God. Encouraged by Vatican II to explore new ways of holding our faith, we try to draw some positive lessons from both biological and cultural evolution. Finally, armed with this, we examine a current understanding of the Kingdom of God, using recent social examples. Such an understanding invites us to paint a picture of love, trust, resilience and hope.

Brian Jacoby is a Science teacher

Venue: CK Storey hall, behind the Methodist Church in Main Road, Rosebank, Cape Town. Entrance and parking via Chapel Road