Dr Christopher Southgate

Principal of the South West Ministry Training Course, 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 1996 this teaching won him a Templeton Award. He is Principal of the South West Ministry Training Course and Associate Professor in Interdisciplinary Theology at the University of Exeter. In 2014 he gave the Sarum Lectures on the theme of ‘Glory and Longing’.


Chris has published seven books of poetry and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 1999.

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

In 2016 his seventh collection of poetry was published, entitled Chasing the Raven (Shoestring Press).

He was the principal author and coordinating editor of:

God, Humanity and the Cosmos (T&T Clark, 3rd ed. 2011)
The Groaning of Creation (WJK Press 2008)

Lecture titles

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