Professor Christopher Southgate

Associate Professor



Extension: 4194

Telephone: 01392 724194

Chris Southgate trained originally as a research biochemist. He has taught for the Dept on the science-religion debate (and related areas such as environmental ethics) since 1993. His research interests include the problem of suffering in evolution, the concept of glory in the natural world and in religious poetry, tragic events affecting church congregations, and the science of the origin of life.

Chris teaches the undergraduate modules 'Evolution, God and Gaia' and 'God, Humanity and the Cosmos’. He has two postdocs and five research students at present, and welcomes enquiries from others interested in his areas of expertise.

Chris's book 'The Groaning of Creation: God, Evolution and the Problem of Evil' was published by Westminster John Knox Press in 2008, and has become a seminal work on suffering in creation. He is also the editor of 'God, Humanity and the Cosmos' (Continuum, 3rd edition 2011), a standard text in the science-religion field.

Chris is also the author of eight collections of poetry, the most recent being 'Rain Falling by the River (Canterbury, 2017) and 'Chasing the Raven' (Shoestring, 2016). For more information see Chris's website