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CTNS Public Forum
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at 7:00 pm
The Board Room of the GTU (Hewlett) Library, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, CA

Dr. Christopher Southgate on The Groaning of Creation: God, Evolution, and the Problem of Evil.

Dr. Ted Peters (PLTS/GTU) and Joshua Moritz (CTNS/GTU) will give presentations on Southgate's work in The Groaning of Creation: God, Evolution, and the Problem of Evil and Dr. Southgate will respond.

Professor Southgate will launch his new book, The Groaning of Creation: God, Evolution, and the Problem of Evil with a public lecture on September 10, 2008 at 7:00 pm in the Board Room of the Graduate Theological Union Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley. All are welcome to attend. No charge.

Pain, suffering and extinction are intrinsic to the evolutionary process. In this book Christopher Southgate shows how the world that is “very good” is also “groaning in travail” and subjected by God to that travail. Southgate then evaluates several attempts at evolutionary theodicy and argues for his own approach—an approach that takes full account of God’s self-emptying and human beings’ special responsibilities as created co-creators. (Westminster John Knox Press) 2008. ISBN: 978-0-664-23090-6.

Christopher Southgate is Research Fellow in Theology at the University of Exeter, England. He is the general editor and principal author of God, Humanity and the Cosmos, 3rd. ed..

In addition, Dr. Southgate is Co-Principal Investigator with Andrew Robinson, Honorary University Fellow, also at the University of Exeter for “Information and the Origin of Life”, one of five Research Fellowships of the STARS (Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series) program managed by CTNS and funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. Drs. Southgate and Robinson are hosting a private conference in Berkeley with their research team November 7-9, 2008.  Visit the stars website to read about their unique research:

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