Chris Southgate is based on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon, England. He works at the University of Exeter as a Professor in Theology.



Chris has been publishing his poetry since 1985. He is the author of eight collections of poetry, including a verse biography of T.S. Eliot – A Love and its Sounding (Salzburg, 1997).

Chris’s newest poetry collection ‘Chasing the Raven’ (Shoestring 2016) is now available here. At Easter 2017 he launched his ‘Rain Falling by the River: new and selected poems of the Spirit’, published by Canterbury Press.


Chris co-edited the regional poetry magazine Otter from 1989-96. He has also edited the journal Reviews in Science and Religion, and the important textbook on the science-religion debate God, Humanity and the Cosmos.


Chris has taught at the University of Exeter since 1993. His main fields of study are the science-religion debate, ecotheology and environmental ethics. He welcomes enquiries from prospective research students. His recent exploration has been of divine glory, leading to the book Theology in a Suffering World: Glory and Longing (Cambridge University Press, September 2018).

His current teaching includes the modules ‘Evolution, God and Gaia’, and ‘God, Humanity and the Cosmos’. His book The Groaning of Creation: God, Evolution and the Problem of Evil (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008) has been described as ‘quite excellent’ (Church Times)

Chris is Project Director for a major new project in practical theology, aimed at identifying good practice after a congregation has suffered a sudden tragedy. For details see This project is funded by the Templeton World Charities Foundation Inc.


Chris is also Principal Investigator on a new scientific project starting in January 2018 entitled ‘Cooperation and interpretation in the emergence of life’. See for more details. This project is funded by the John Templeton Foundation.