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The Rev. Dr. Greg Cootsona The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona teaches at California State University at Chico and is a leader in the Scientists in Congregations initiative.

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The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona

Presbyterian Church (USA)

 

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

 

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.

 


Latest Content by The Rev. Dr. Greg Cootsona

The Rev. Dr. Greg Cootsona

Greg Cootsona: Cognitive Science And Calvin’s ‘Sensus Divinitatis’

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona (PCUSA)

 

When it comes to God and science, we'd like there to be definitive proof. A knock-down argument for the Deity would be nice.

"If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss Bank." - Woody Allen



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've learned over the years of scouring arguments in the philosophy of religion that no proof for or against God is decisive, though, of course, some are better than others. Their best service is to offer plausibility to faith. They can tip the scales toward belief, but never command ascent. 

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Greg Cootsona: Adam, Eve 'n' History?

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona (PCUSA)

 

"Adam was singly taken aside by God from physically evolved humans and the image was divinely imparted to him."
Gary Fugle, biologist and author of Laying Down Arms to Heal the Creation-Evolution Divide

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Dr. Greg Cootsona

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September 16, 2016

Greg Cootsona: Adam, Eve, and the Amazing Clarity of C. S. Lewis

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona (PCUSA)

According to a 2012 Pew Report, many Christians do not believe that human beings evolved. One reason seems to be for those who take the Bible seriously as a divine revelation, human evolution is hard to square with a literal Adam and Eve (By the way, too many discussions leave out the Eve part here, but I think she’s important.) So a lot of people would rather chuck evolution than the first two humans.
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September 13, 2016

Greg Cootsona: Creation ≠ 6 x 24

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona (PCUSA)

Ken Ham and the Answers in Genesis $100 million ark notwithstanding, if we take the great consensus of modern science seriously, it’s impossible to sustain belief that God created the universe in six twenty-four hour days. And, given the way the Almighty views time, it seems a bit presumptuous to believe we could precisely specify God’s timing of creation. It might possibly involve figurative language.
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September 03, 2016

Greg Cootsona: On a Crash Course With Hermeneutics

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona (PCUSA)

After three months without posts, I’m now returning and offering snippets of the book I’ve been writing on emerging adults, mainstream science, and mere Christianity.
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May 17, 2016

Greg Cootsona: Fresh Insights from Kierkegaard on Technology

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona (PCUSA)

A considerable number of key thinkers are addressing the positive and negative effects of technology. The number is so considerable that I can only mention a few in this post. And, in order to limit myself further, I’ll start with the those who want us to stop racing after techie toys.
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May 05, 2016

Greg Cootsona: The Endorser

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona (PCUSA)

I believed that the truth of an argument ought to be enough to convince us. I wanted human beings to be the thinking machines that evaluate opinions purely on their merits, not on who presents them. You see, I’ve heard the ad hominem fallacy—we can’t disregard an idea based on (of an argument or reaction) directed against a person rather than the position they are maintaining—like their education, their clothing, their political affiliation... or their halitosis.
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April 14, 2016

Greg Cootsona: New Directions in Religion and Science

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Cootsona (PCUSA)

When we talk about 'religion and science,' it sounds like two things. But that’s changing in at least one way. The contemporary conversation, especially with 18-30 year old, increasingly includes technology. Which emerging adults identify as a component of—or even a more important substitute for—science.