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’.


Chris has published eight books of poetry, most recently Rain Falling by the River (Canterbury Press, 2017), and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 1999.

He 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).

Lecture titles

  • Approaches to Ecological Theology
  • Evolution and the Problem of Evil
  • The Overall State of the Science-Religion Debate