Gregory Cootsona

Greg Cootsona

BA University of California, Berkeley in Comparative Literature
MDiv Princeton Theological Seminary in New Testament
PhD Graduate Theological Union in Systematic and Philosophical Theology and the Philosophy of Religion

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I began teaching at Chico State in Fall 2014 with Science and Religion (RELS 204/PHIL 240) and continued with a Great Books and Ideas course (HUM300Z) on Transcendence and Human Knowledge in Spring 2015. In addition, I am serving on a masters thesis committee supervised by Dawn Clifford in the Nutrition Department, helping direct a project that brings together nutrition and Christian spirituality. Teaching in the Department of Religious Studies and Humanities affords me the opportunity to engage in grand themes and ideas through a variety of disciplines such as philosophy, religion, and literature.

Before starting at Chico State, I completed my Ph. D. at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and wrote my dissertation comparing the thought of a scientist-philosopher and a theologian, Alfred North Whitehead and Karl Barth respectively. This project was revised and subsequently published by Peter Lang in 2000. I taught Religion and Science and Brooklyn College (CUNY) that same year and Western Religions at Butte College from 2005-7. My most recent book is C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian (Westminster John Knox, 2014). My current research areas are religion and science, the New Testament, western religions, and literature and philosophy since the Enlightenment. I am currently managing a grant on 18-30 year olds’ attitudes on faith and science, “Science for Students and Emerging, Young Adults,” and am simultaneously working on articles and a book manuscript, all of which arise from this research.

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