Dr Christopher Southgate

Professor of Christian Theodicy, University of Exeter

Since 1993, Chris has lectured on the relationship between science and religious faith and the application of Christian theology to the environmental crisis. In 2014, he gave the Sarum Lectures on the theme of ‘Glory and Longing’.

Virtual lectures

Chris is available to deliver his lectures online, via Zoom or streaming. Please ask about this option when making your booking.


Chris is the author of The Groaning of Creation (WJK, 2008), a seminal book on evolution and the problem of evil, and also Theology in a Suffering World: Glory and Longing (CUP, 2018).

He co-authored Greening Paul: Re-reading the Apostle in a Time of Ecological Crisis (Baylor University Press, 2010).

He is also the principal author and coordinating editor of God, Humanity and the Cosmos (T&T Clark, 2011).

Chris has also directed a recent project on tragedy in churches, leading to the book, Tragedies and Christian Congregations (Routledge, 2020).

Lecture titles

  • Theological Reflections on the Covid Pandemic
  • An Introduction to Ecological Theology with Particular Reference to Climate Change
  • The Problem of Suffering in the Natural World