17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
An event to facilitate intelligent, informed conversation on science and theology. Dr Christopher Southgate trained as a biochemist at the Universities of Cambridge, North Carolina and Bath. He has been teaching on the science and religion debate since 1993, and is the co-ordinating editor and principal author of 'God, Humanity and the Cosmos' (3rd edn Continuum 2011). His work on the problem of suffeirng in evolution led to the book 'The Groaning of Creation' (WJK, 2008). Chris is still involved in scientific work on the origin of life. He is also a much-published poet, and his latest collection is 'A Gash in the Darkness' (Shoestring, 2012). He is a Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter, and Dean of Studies of the South West Ministry Training Course.
The Parish Church of St John, Grainger St (NE1)
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
The world of nature is full of creatures tearing each other apart, and suffering from diseases and parasites. Moreover, palaeobiology tells us that probably 99% of all the species that have ever lived are extinct. This seems like a strange world for a loving God to have made. But worse, Darwinism suggests that some of what we most admire in nature - the speed of the cheetah, the vision of the eagle, the ingenuity of a band of chimpanzees - is driven by the process of natural selection. Less well adapted creatures do not survive. So it almost looks as though God used creaturely suffering as a means to an end. Dr Christopher Southgate (University of Exeter) will discuss this most underexplored element of the problem of suffering, and open up the questions to which it gives rise.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
We can certainly raise interest in the Diocese of Newcastle newspaper and website.
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I am the event manager
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
The venue is booked for 1pm; we will provide refreshments and are covering all costs relating to the speaker.
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Parish Church of St George, Jesmond (Church of England)
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St George's Close
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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10. Which of the following areas of science does your event best fit into?:
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11. Do you have a preferred day for your event to take place on?:
Monday 9 September 2013