Bethany Sollereder – God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering

Episode: Was there death and violence before the Fall? Was there cancer before? Did lions go after gazelles before the Fall? Bethany Sollereder says yes, yes, and yes. So what, if anything, changed in creation through the Fall? This episode probes the question of animal suffering throughout the evolutionary process, as well as the theological implications of death in the pre-Fall world. This episode is cross-listed from the Regent College Podcast.

Guest: Bethany Sollereder is a Research Fellow at the Laudato Si’ Research Institute at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford. She specializes in theology concerning evolution and the problem of suffering and is currently working on the theological aspects of our changing climate. Bethany received her PhD in Theology from the University of Exeter and an MCS in interdisciplinary studies from Regent College, Vancouver. She is the author of God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering: Theodicy Without a Fall (Routledge, 2018). She also works with BioLogos, God and the Big Bang, Learning About Science And Religion (LASAR), and has written for popular publications such as The Christian Century.

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