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    Divine glory in a Darwinian world.Christopher Southgate - 2014 - Zygon 49 (4):784-807.
    Faced with the ambiguities of this world, in which ugliness and suffering co-exist with beauty, the article rejects the attribution of disvalues to a Fall-event. Instead it faces God's involvement even in violence and ugliness. It explores the concept of divine glory, understood principally as a sign of the divine reality. This includes both the great theophanies of the Hebrew Bible and Jesus’ glorification in his Passion and Crucifixion. It then considers the contemplation of the natural world, using the terminology (...)
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    Interpretation and the origin of life.Christopher Southgate & Andrew Robinson - 2010 - Zygon 45 (2):345-360.
    We offer a general definition of interpretation based on a naturalized teleology. The definition tests and extends the biosemiotic paradigm by seeking to provide a philosophically robust resource for investigating the possible role of semiosis (processes of representation and interpretation) in biological systems. We show that our definition provides a way of understanding various possible kinds of misinterpretation, illustrate the definition using examples at the cellular and subcellular level, and test the definition by applying it to a potential counterexample. We (...)
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    Re-reading genesis, John, and job: A Christian response to darwinism.Christopher Southgate - 2011 - Zygon 46 (2):370-395.
    Abstract. This article offers one response from within Christianity to the theological challenges of Darwinism. It identifies evolutionary theory as a key aspect of the context of contemporary Christian hermeneutics. Examples of the need for re-reading of scripture, and reassessment of key doctrines, in the light of Darwinism include the reading of the creation and fall accounts of Genesis 1–3, the reformulation of the Christian doctrine of humanity as created in the image of God, and the possibility of a new (...)
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    Semiotics as a metaphysical framework for Christian theology.Andrew Robinson & Christopher Southgate - 2010 - Zygon 45 (3):689-712.
    We provide an overview of a proposal for a new metaphysical framework within which theology and science might both find a home. Our proposal draws on the triadic semiotics and threefold system of metaphysical categories of C. S. Peirce. We summarize the key features of a semiotic model of the Trinity, based on observed parallels between Peirce's categories of Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness and Christian thinking about, respectively, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We test and extend the semiotic model (...)
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    God, Humanity and the Cosmos.Christopher Southgate - 1999 - Http://Www.Meta-Library.Net/Ghc/Index-Frame.Html.
    This fully revised and updated edition of God, Humanity and the Cosmos is an essential companion to the field, with exercises for the student, a comprehensive bibliography, and suggestions for further reading.
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  6. Introduction: Toward a metaphysic of meaning.Andrew Robinson & Christopher Southgate - 2010 - Zygon 45 (2):339-344.
    We introduce a two-part collection of articles (Part 2 to appear in the September 2010 issue) exploring a possible new research program in the field of science and religion. At the center of the program lies an attempt to develop a new theology of nature drawing on the philosophy of C. S. Peirce. Our overall idea is that the fundamental structure of the world is exactly that required for the emergence of meaning and truth-bearing representation. We understand the emergence of (...)
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    A general definition of interpretation and its application to origin of life research.Andrew Robinson & Christopher Southgate - 2010 - Biology and Philosophy 25 (2):163-181.
    We draw on Short’s work on Peirce’s theory of signs to propose a new general definition of interpretation. Short argues that Peirce’s semiotics rests on his naturalised teleology. Our proposal extends Short’s work by modifying his definition of interpretation so as to make it more generally applicable to putatively interpretative processes in biological systems. We use our definition as the basis of an account of different kinds of misinterpretation and we discuss some questions raised by the definition by reference to (...)
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  8. Discussion of the conceptual basis of biosemiotics.Andrew Robinson, Christopher Southgate & Terrence Deacon - 2010 - Zygon 45 (2):409-418.
    Kalevi Kull and colleagues recently proposed eight theses as a conceptual basis for the field of biosemiotics. We use these theses as a framework for discussing important current areas of debate in biosemiotics with particular reference to the articles collected in this issue of Zygon.
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    Science and religion in the united kingdom: A personal view on the contemporary scene.Christopher Southgate - 2016 - Zygon 51 (2):361-386.
    This article considers the current state of the science–religion debate in the United Kingdom. It discusses the societies, groups, and individual scholars that shape that debate, including the dialogue between theology and physics, biology, and psychology. Attention is also given to theology's engagement with ecological issues. The article also reflects on the loss of influence of denominational Christianity within British society, and the impact both on the character of the debate and the role of the churches. Finally, some promising trajectories (...)
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  10. Greening Paul: Reading the Apostle in a Time of Ecological Crisis.David G. Horrell, Cherryl Hunt & Christopher Southgate - 2010
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    Broken symbols? Response to F. leron shults.Andrew Robinson & Christopher Southgate - 2010 - Zygon 45 (3):733-738.
    In the preceding article in this section, F. LeRon Shults responds to our article preceding his, “Semiotics as a Metaphysical Framework for Christian Theology.” We respond here to his criticisms of our proposal. We discuss his concerns about the concept of “vestiges of the Trinity in creation” and argue that this does not undermine the absolute ontological difference between God and creation. We offer a clarification of our idea that the Incarnation may be understood, in terms of Peirce's taxonomy of (...)
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    Part 2. poems.Christopher Southgate, Gregory J. Feist, Joel Garreau, Joan D. Koss-Chioino, Philip Hefner, Trinh Xuan Thuan, Amos Yong, Matthieu Ricard, C. S. Peirce & Stuart Kauffman - 2007 - Zygon 42 (3-4):1027.
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  13. God and the world of signs: Introduction to part 2.Andrew Robinson & Christopher Southgate - 2010 - Zygon 45 (3):685-688.
    We introduce the second part of a two-part collection of articles exploring a possible new research program in the field of science and religion. At the center of the program lies an attempt to develop a new theology of nature drawing on the philosophy of C. S. Peirce. Our overall idea is that the fundamental structure of the world is exactly that required for the emergence of meaning and truth-bearing representation. We understand the emergence of a capacity to interpret an (...)
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    Interpretation and the Origin of Life.Leong Ting Lui, Z. Ron Yang, Andrew J. N. Robinson & Christopher C. B. Southgate - 2010 - Biological Theory 5 (2):112-116.
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    Appeals to the Bible in Ecotheology and Environmental Ethics: a Typology of Hermeneutical Stances.David G. Horrell, Cherryl Hunt & Christopher Southgate - 2008 - Studies in Christian Ethics 21 (2):219-238.
    This article surveys and classifies the kinds of appeal to the Bible made in recent theological discussions of ecology and environmental ethics. These are, first, readings of `recovery', followed by two types of readings of `resistance'. The first of these modes of resistance entails the exercise of suspicion against the text, a willingness to resist it given a commitment to a particular (ethical) reading perspective. The second, by contrast, entails a resistance to the contemporary ethical agenda, given a perceived commitment (...)
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    Constraint-evading surrogacy: the missing piece in Radical Embodied Cognition’s non-representationalist account of intentionality?Andrew Robinson & Christopher Southgate - 2022 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 21 (4):813-834.
    Radical Embodied Cognition is an anti-representationalist approach to the nature of basic cognition proposed by Daniel Hutto and Erik Myin. While endorsing REC’s arguments against a role for contentful representations in basic cognition we suggest that REC’s ‘teleosemiotic’ approach to intentional targeting results in a ‘grey area’ in which it is not clear what kind of causal-explanatory concept is involved. We propose the concept of constraint-evading surrogacy as a conceptual basis for REC’s account of intentional targeting. The argument is developed (...)
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    A Test Case - Divine Action.Christopher Southgate - 1999 - In God, Humanity and the Cosmos. Http://Www.Meta-Library.Net/Ghc/Atest-Body.Html.
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    Creation Beyond Nothing and Now: Eschatological Reflections in the Climate Emergency.Christopher Southgate - 2024 - In Anne Runehov & Michael Fuller (eds.), Science, Religion, the Humanities and Hope: Essays in Honour of Willem B. Drees. Springer Nature Switzerland. pp. 87-102.
    After acknowledging Wim Drees’s excellent contribution to the science-religion debate, this essay considers three ‘beyonds’ unhelpful to a response to the climate emergency. These are ‘beyond as sudden destruction’, stemming from an over-reliance on the apocalyptic texts of the New Testament; ‘beyond as up’, focussing on the release of the immortal soul from the material world; and ‘beyond time’, addressing the cosmological predictions of the ultimate end of the universe through God’s transformation of creation. The essay proposes in contrast that (...)
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    Crick, Watson, and the double helix.Christopher Southgate - 2007 - Zygon 42 (1):257-258.
  20. Environmental Ethics: Further Case‐Studies.Christopher Southgate & Alex Aylward - forthcoming - Bioethics for Scientists:73--83.
     
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    God and a World of Natural Evil: Theology and Science in Hard Conversation.Christopher Southgate - 2022 - Zygon 57 (4):1124-1134.
    This is the text of the 2022 Boyle Lecture. After some acknowledgements, it introduces the theological problem of the suffering of nonhuman creatures in the natural world as described by evolutionary science. It sets aside the neo-Cartesian objection that this suffering should not be considered real. The lecture then considers, and initially rejects, theodicies based on some form of fall event. An account is offered based on the premise that Darwinian evolution was the only way God could have given rise (...)
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    God of the Gaps.Christopher Southgate - 1999 - In God, Humanity and the Cosmos. Http://Www.Meta-Library.Net/Ghc-Div/Godof-Body.Html.
  23. Introduction to environmental ethics.Christopher Southgate - forthcoming - Bioethics for Scientists:37--55.
     
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    Knowing.Christopher Southgate - 2007 - Zygon 42 (2):561-562.
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    Natural theology and ecology.Christopher Southgate - 2013 - In J. H. Brooke, F. Watts & R. R. Manning (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Natural Theology. Oxford Up. pp. 459.
    This chapter discusses the type of natural theology appropriate to the reading of ecosystems, and gives a number of examples of such an approach. It begins by discussing the impact of Darwinism and the possibilities for a natural theology of the biosphere, and then presents the author's own approach to a theological reading the ecological world. The approach involves stressing the integrity of the scientific account, and hence the ambiguity of ecosystems; taking seriously the few scriptural passages that seem to (...)
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    Reweaving the Rainbow.Christopher Southgate - 2007 - Zygon 42 (3):649-649.
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    Response with a select bibliography.Christopher Southgate - 2018 - Zygon 53 (3):909-930.
    In this response to the articles in this issue, Southgate considers lessons to be learned in respect of science–religion teaching, and about his edited textbook God, Humanity and the Cosmos. He emphasizes the importance of collaborative work in theology. He then considers issues in evolutionary theodicy raised by other contributors, especially eschatology, divine passibility, and the status of the “only way” explanation of evolutionary suffering. Lastly, he engages with critiques of his work based on a preference for characterizing the disvalues (...)
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    Taboo.Christopher Southgate - 2007 - Zygon 42 (4):1015-1017.
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  29. The use of the rainforest as a test case in environmental ethics.Christopher Southgate - forthcoming - Bioethics for Scientists:57--72.
     
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  30. Book Review: Whitney Bauman, Theology, Creation, and Environmental Ethics: From Creatio Ex Nihilo to Terra Nullius (London: Routledge, 2009). xii + 248 pp. £70/$118 (hb), ISBN 978-0-415-99813-0. [REVIEW]Christopher Southgate - 2011 - Studies in Christian Ethics 24 (2):242-244.
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  31. Book Review: Neil Messer, Selfish Genes and Christian Ethics: Theological and Ethical Reflections on Evolutionary Biology (London: SCM Press, 2007). viii + 280 pp. £19.99 (pb), ISBN 978—0—334—02996—0. [REVIEW]Christopher Southgate - 2008 - Studies in Christian Ethics 21 (1):142-145.
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    On Animals: An extended review of David Clough’s two-volume work. [REVIEW]Ellen Grace Lesser & Christopher Southgate - 2021 - Studies in Christian Ethics 34 (1):88-98.
    David Clough’s two-volume work On Animals claims to be the first systematic Christian theological reflection on the place of nonhuman animals within creation which also provides an ethical reflection on what that might mean for our relationship with nonhuman animals in contemporary society. In this extended review, we provide a summary of the cumulative arguments across both volumes of On Animals before offering our reflections. While we agree with many though not all of Clough’s theological conclusions, we ultimately conclude that (...)
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  33. Michael Robert negus, Lawrence Osborn, Michael poouz,] acqui Stewart, and Fraser wa1'rs. Edinburgh: T. 8: T. Clark, 1999. 449 pages.£ 17.50. The widespread and growing interest in the relation between science and religion. [REVIEW]Christopher Southgate, Ceua Deane-Drummdnd & Paul D. Murray - 2001 - Zygon 36:183.
     
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    Philip Clayton and Steven Knapp The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith . Pp. x + 184. £16.99 . ISBN 978 0 19 969527 0. [REVIEW]Christopher Southgate - 2013 - Religious Studies 49 (1):125-130.
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