Dr Christopher Southgate
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. He is currently Principal Investigator on the project 'Information and the Origin of Life', collaborating with the Dept's Honorary University Fellow Dr Andrew Robinson. This latter project is funded by the Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series.
Chris teaches the undergraduate modules 'Evolution, God and Gaia' and 'God and the Physicists', and is offering an MA module 'The human animal: evolution, ensoulment, extinction?'. He has three research students at present, with two more coming from North America in 2011-12, 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 released by Westminster John Knox Press in 2008. He is also the editor of 'God, Humanity and the Cosmos' (2nd edn, Continuum, 2005, 3rd edition due 2011), a standard text in the science-religion field.
Chris is also the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent being 'Easing the Gravity Field: poems of science and love' (Shoestring, 2006) and is working with New York University on a multimedia project based on his biographical poem on TS Eliot, 'A Love and its Sounding' (Salzburg, 1997). A further collection is due in March 2012. For more information see Chris's website www.christophersouthgate.org.uk.
Chris's other work is as Dean of Studies of the South West Ministry Training Course (www.swmtc.org.uk).