Sarah Coakley is professor of divinity at the University of Cambridge and an Anglican priest in the diocese of Ely. The first volume of her systematic theology, God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay "On the Trinity," is forthcoming.
We posed this question to eight theologians: Suppose someone told you
they haven’t been keeping up with theology for the past 25 years. Now
they want to read the most important books in theology that were
written during that time. What five titles would you suggest?
Followers of the media furor about evolution and God imagine that they have to choose between Darwinian theory and belief in divine providence. The most vociferous current contestants in this debate are either atheistic supporters of evolutionary theory or Christian supporters of the riposte position known as intelligent design. I suggest that there is a way to avoid this false disjunction altogether. New discoveries about the phenomenon known to evolutionary theorists as cooperation give us fresh reasons to regard evolutionary theory and classic Christian theism as entirely compatible—indeed, richly and convincingly so.
A few years ago I had the opportunity to work for a semester as a chaplain at a Boston jail. My primary work was helping to lead a group of inmates in the practice of silent prayer. I cannot say that I had any particular expectations or resolves about this undertaking before I began it.
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