Dr. Christopher Southgate is a biochemist turned influential theologian…who just happens to be a well published poet. (Read this powerful one… when it is safe to cry). Southgate is a Professor at Exeter University in the UK and part of the ‘God and the Book of Nature’ project I am working on. Since recording this interview I have had the chance to spend time with him and am enthusiastic to introduce him to many of you.
In this conversation we discuss…
- The changing shape of the religion and science conversation
- how has the scientific study of religion itself shaped a scientifically engaged theology from a particular tradition
- the problem of evil and suffering in nature
- the free will defense in the face of natural evil
- the “lazy default in Christian thinking”
- Irenaeus wasn’t Irenaean?
- the Christian need to recover immanence
- what is divine glory?
- the Biblical protest of God and the need for its presence in worship
- “humankind cannot bear much of reality”
- theologizing with Charles Sanders Peirce’s semiotics
- trauma and the community of faith