David L. Wilcox, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Biology
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Email: dwilcox@eastern.edu
Phone: 484-288-8586


B.S. Geneva College
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University


My education is in medicine and population biology, and my specific scientific research interests have included theoretical models of fitness, the nature of genomic blueprint hierarchies, selective models for punctuated change, and human origins. I have written and published a number of integrative studies in the faith / science area, and I am currently working on a book on human origins supported by a Biologos grant.  

I view scientific investigation as part of our obedient response to the Creation Mandate.  We live in a universe created, held together and governed by Lord Jesus Christ through the Word of His power.   We call that order natural law.  Science depends on the order produced by that faithful governance, and on the limited rationality of the human mind (made in God’s image).   And that is why we can hope to understand God's universe.

Courses Currently Taught

BIOL 417 (Evolution, Creation, and the Organization of Biology) and HONR 203 (Theories of the Origin of Life)

Research interests

The Integration of faith and science, theoretical models of natural selection and human origins

Published Works

  • Wilcox, D. L. 1996 "Adam, Where are You?  A Paradigm Shift in Paleoanthropology" Perspectives in Faith and Science - V.48 No.2: 88-97.
  • Wilcox, D. L. 1996 "Control Hierarchies - A View of Life"  in Facets of Faith and Science Vol 3. The Role of Beliefs in the Natural Sciences. Ed J. M. van der Meer, The Pascal Centre for Advanced Studies in Faith and Science, Ancaster, Ontario and University Press of America, Inc. New York, New York. pp. 227-242.
  • Wilcox, D. L. 2003 “Finding Adam: The Genetics of Human Origins” in Perspectives on an Evolving Creation. Ed. Keith Miller, W. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Co., Grand Rapids, MI, pp. 234-253.
  • Wilcox, D. L. 2004 “Establishing Adam: Recent Evidences for a Late-Date Adam (AMH at 100,000 BP)”, Perspectives in Faith and Science - V.56 No.1: 49-54.
  • Wilcox, D. L. 2005 God and Evolution: A Faith-based Understanding. Judson Press, King of Prussia, PA.
  • Wilcox, D. L. 2006 “The Original Adam and the Reality of Sin,” Perspectives in Faith and Science Vol.58  No 2:  104-105.
  • Wilcox, D. L. 2006 “Researching Creation”, Prism Magazine, Eastern University
  • Wilcox, D. L. 2009 “Why Christians Must Take Darwin Seriously,” American Baptist Quarterly Vol. 27 No. 3: 286-312
  • Wilcox, D. L. 2010 “Modern Human Origins,” in the Lion Handbook of Science and Christianity, S. Berry, Ed. 
  • Wilcox, D. L. 2014 “Our Genetic Prehistory: Did the Genes Make Us Human?” Perspectives in Faith and Science Vol. 66 No. 2:  83-94. 
  • Wilcox, D. L. 2006 “Genetic Insights for Human Origins in Africa and for Later Neanderthal Contact”, Perspectives in Faith and Science Vol 66 No. 3.

Recent Professional Presentations

  • “Dysteleology, Omniteleology, or Intelligent Design?”  National Conference of ASA, North Central College, IL, July 2011
  • “The Genetic Pre History of Humanity”- ‘Becoming Human in Theistic Perspective’ – Templeton Foundation conference, Omni Amelia Island Plantation,  Feb. 2012
  • “Updating Our Genetic Prehistory” - National Conference of ASA, Belmont University, July 2013
  • “Evolving Toward the Fall: Neural Plasticity and Original Sin” – National Conference of ASA, McMaster University, Ontario, July 2014

Presentations and Other Activities

Dr. David Wilcox presented a seminar to the Eastern community entitled “He Said, She Said: An Origin Tale.” He is currently writing a manuscript with the same title and also a book on human origins called 15 Theses on Theology’s Door:  The Matter of Adam - A Confluence of Evidence from Genes, Bones and Tools.

  • “Fine-Tuning the Universe,” National Conference of ASA, Golden, Colorado, July 2003.
  • “Explaining Theistic Evolution,” Regional meeting of ASA, Eastern University. Nov 2003.
  • “Explaining Theistic Evolution,” Perspectives, Eastern University SGA, Mar 2004.
  • “Looking over God’s Shoulder: The Nature and Meaning of Design,” National Conference of ASA, Messiah College, PA, Aug. 2005.
  • “Human Origins: Biogenetic and Theological Issues,” Suter Science Seminar, Eastern Mennonite University, Nov. 11, 2005.
  • Paper on “Intelligent Design” to national meeting of High School student governments in August 2006.
  • Seminar on “Human Origins” given at Eastern’s Perspectives series, April 2007.
  • Workshop on “Presenting difficult ideas” at Eastern’s faculty workshop, May 2007.
  • Workshop on “Creating humans: A Confluence of Evidence – A New Model” at Eastern’s faculty workshop, May 2008.

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