Greg Cootsona is a writer, researcher, and speaker who is interested in faith and culture, theology and science, human flourishing, Christian theology, C.S. Lewis, to name a few.
Greg teaches at California State University at Chico in Religious Studies and Humanities at Chico. His current research is directing Scientists for Emerging, Young Adults, a project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation grant, which studies 18-30 year olds’ attitudes on faith and science and how these attitudes are formed and change. He formerly served as pastor for adult discipleship at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City and Bidwell Presbyterian in Chico, CA.
Greg has appeared on The Today Show three times, has written for several periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal and Christianity Today online, has been interviewed by CNN and The New York Times, and has been a TEDx speaker.
His current book, C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian is his fifth book. Greg first read Mere Christianity 35 years ago and C. S. Lewis’s words have spoken to him ever since. He has also written Say Yes To No: Using The Power Of No To Create The Best In Life, Work, and Love (which has French and Portuguese translations) as well as The Time for Yes: Enjoying What’s Best in Life, Work, and Love, both of which address human flourishing in a technological world. He has also published Creation and Last Things: At the Intersection of Science and Theology, as well as God and the World: A Study in the Thought of Karl Barth and Alfred North Whitehead.
He holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature (Attic Greek and French) from the University of California at Berkeley, a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology and the Philosophy of Religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. He has also done post-graduate study at the Universities of Tübingen and Heidelberg.
He and his wife, Laura, live in Chico and have two teenage daughters. Besides hanging out with his family, he loves to bike, drum, read great books, write, hike through the beautiful Chico hills, and drink good coffee.