School of Theology and Seminary Lectures


Glory & Longing in a Suffering World: How can we understand God in the face of suffering & evil?

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School of Theology and Seminary Lectures, Grant from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professorship of Science and Religion


Dr. Christopher Southgate joined faculty and staff to discuss with us the perennial question: How do we understand divine presence in the context of extreme suffering? We will read a chapter written by Chris entitled “God’s Involvement in Events that Cause Great Suffering.” If there is interest, we can discuss the wider sub-discipline of the practical theology of trauma. This subject may be especially of interest to us due to our two-year experiences of living in a pandemic.

Originally trained as a biochemist, Christopher Southgate has been teaching the science-religion debate at the University of Exeter, UK, since 1993. He is best known for his study of suffering in evolution, The Groaning of Creation. More recently he has worked on the natural theology of glory and the practical theology of trauma. He is also a much-published poet.

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