Bethany  Sollereder

Bethany Sollereder is a research coordinator at the University of Oxford. She specialises in theology concerning evolution and the problem of suffering. Bethany received her PhD in theology from the University of Exeter and an MCS in interdisciplinary studies from Regent College, Vancouver. When not reading theology books, Bethany enjoys hiking the English countryside, horseback riding, and reading Victorian literature.

  • Atheism and Animal Suffering

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    Atheism and Animal Suffering | Bethany Sollereder

    The freedom—such as it is—of the worm is certainly different from the freedom of the gorilla. But neither relates to the world around it, or to God, as a cog in a machine. Read More >

    Basics
  • Challenging C.S. Lewis on Evil and Evolution

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    Challenging C.S. Lewis on Evil and Evolution | Bethany Sollereder

    Lewis believed that animal predation reflected a demonic "corruption" of nature, but biblical and natural evidence says otherwise. Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • Toward a Theology of Creative Worms

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    Toward a Theology of Creative Worms | Bethany Sollereder

    Even earthworms are part of the ever-enriching project of creation built with God upon the incremental choices, chances, and changes of all God’s creatures, great and small. Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • Toward a Theology of Astronaut Beavers

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    Toward a Theology of Astronaut Beavers | Bethany Sollereder

    Reflecting on her own view of God’s action, Bethany Sollereder came up with just two words: God shares. Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • Did God Intend Death?

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    Did God Intend Death? | Bethany Sollereder

    This is the very heart of the Gospel: sin brings death, and Christ brings life. Can this central tenet of the Gospel be true, while the biological observation that life depends on dea... Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • What Changed with Sin?

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    What Changed with Sin? | Bethany Sollereder

    Maybe the capacity to sin developed alongside the capacity to love. Maybe that's the point.  Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • Do Dinosaurs Go To Heaven?

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    Do Dinosaurs Go To Heaven? | Bethany Sollereder

    If God created through evolution, billions of creatures suffered over many years. But popular explanations for suffering fail to make sense of animals. What does God’s love and ... Read More >

    Going Deeper
  • How Could God Create Through Evolution? Part 3

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    How Could God Create Through Evolution? Part 3 | Bethany Sollereder

    Today, we come to what is likely to be the most contentious of my entries. How do we deal with the biblical language about death?   Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 3 of 3
  • How Could God Create Through Evolution? Part 2

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    How Could God Create Through Evolution? Part 2 | Bethany Sollereder

    I began to look at these questions by researching Irenaeus’s theology of creation. Irenaeus of Lyons was a second-century Church Father, and one of the Church’s greatest t... Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 2 of 3
  • How Could God Create Through Evolution? Part 1

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    How Could God Create Through Evolution? Part 1 | Bethany Sollereder

    For many people, accepting evolution is less a scientific question than a theological one. Read More >

    Going Deeper PART 1 of 3