Bethany Sollereder

Research Fellow

Academic Summary

PhD, Theology, University of Exeter

MCS, Interdisciplinary Studies, Regent College 

Bethany Sollereder is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Science and Religion. She specialises in theology concerning evolution and the problem of suffering. Her first book, God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering: Theodicy without a Fall was recently released by Routledge. Bethany received her PhD in theology from the University of Exeter and an MCS in interdisciplinary studies from Regent College, Vancouver.

Research Interests

  • Theodicy
  • Animal Theology
  • Genesis 1-3
  • Divine Action
  • 19th century History
  • History of Science
  • Practical Theology

Affiliations

  • Senior member, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
  • Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR)
  • American Academy of Religion, Steering Committee for the Open & Relational Theology 
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation (CSCA)
  • Christians in Science UK
  • Science and Religion Forum

Publications

  • God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering: Theodicy without a Fall
  • “Exploring Old and New Paths in Theodicy” Zygon (September 2018): 727-738.
  • “On Principles and Standards in Ecological Restoration.” Journal of Ecological Restoration (February 2018): 1-5. Co-Authors: Eric Higgs, Jim Harris, Steve Murphy, Keith Bowers, Richard Hobbs, Willis Jenkins, Jeremy Kidwell, Nik Lopoukhine, Katie Suding, Allen Thompson, and Steve Whisenant.
  • “God and Natural Disasters.” In A Teacher’s Guide to Science and Religion in the Classroom, eds. Berry Billingsley, Manzoorul Abedin and Keith Chappell (London: Routledge, 2018): 105-113.
  • “Evolution, Suffering, and the Creative Love of God,” Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith 68:2 (June 2016): 99-109.
  • “When Humans are Not Unique: Perspectives on Suffering and Redemption,” The Expository Times 127:1 (October 2015): 17-22.
  • “A Modest Objection: Neo-Thomism and God as a Cause Among Causes,” Theology and Science 13:3 (2015): 345-353.
    • “From Survival to Love: Evolution and the Problem of Suffering.” The Christian Century 131:19 (Sep 2014).  Available online at: http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2014-08/survival-love.
    • The Lions Roar for Prey, Seeking their Food from God’: Divine Action and Evolutionary Suffering.” in Chance or Providence? Religious Perspectives on Divine Action, ed. Louise Hickman.  Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2014): 61-78.
    • “The Purpose of Dinosaurs: Evolutionary Extinction and the Goodness of God.” The Christian Century 130:20 (Oct 2013).  Available online at: http://www.christiancentury.org/article/2013-09/purpose-dinosaurs.
    • “The Darwin-Gray Exchange.” Theology and Science 8 (November, 2010): 417-432.