Professor Christopher Southgate

Research interests

The interaction of evolutionary theory with Christian theology.

The origin of life as a problem in science, theology and philosophy.

Environmental ethics in relation to Christian theology.

The poetry of T.S. Eliot, G.M.Hopkins and R.S.Thomas.

The concept of 'glory' in the Bible and tradition.

Ministerial responses to tragedies in congregations.

Research collaborations

Chris has a long-time collaboration with Dr Andrew Robinson, Honorary University Fellow in the Dept. Robinson and Southgate were one of only two teams in the world to gain all three rounds of funding in the Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series ( The third phase of STARS included a collaboration with Professor Niles Lehman (Portland State, USA) on origin of life research, as well as work with Professor Terrence Deacon (University of California at Berkeley) on anthropology.

Chris is working with Dr Meg Warner, the Revd Canon Dr Carla Grosch-Miller, and the Revd Hilary ison, on a project on tragedies in congregations, funded by the Templeton World Charities Foundation.

Chris is also the Principal Investigator on a new project funded by the john Templeton Foundation on cooperation and interpretation in the origin of life, working with Dr Robinson, Professor Lehman, and Professor Sara Walker at Arizona State.