Dr Christopher Southgate did a PhD in biochemistry at Cambridge under Dr Hal Dixon, and then did postdocs at North Carolina and the University of Bath before re-training in theology. He has been teaching the science-religion debate at Exeter since 1993. He is best known for his work on the problem of suffering in evolution (see his The Groaning of Creation), on which he will give the 2022 Boyle Lecture. He has also worked on ecological interpretations of the Bible (Greening Paul), the nature of divine glory (Theology in a Suffering World) and Christian ministry in traumatising situations (Tragedies and Christian Congregations). He is Professor of Christian Theodicy at Exeter. He has also published eight collections of poetry (most recently Rain falling by the River).

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