The prestigious Gifford Lectures have been delivered annually since 1888 by a succession of distinguished international scholars.

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The Gifford Lectureships (held at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St. Andrews) were established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford (1820-1887), a Senator of the College of Justice at the University of Edinburgh.

Established to 'promote and diffuse the study of Natural Theology in the widest sense of the term - in other words, the knowledge of God,' the Lectureships have enabled a most notable field of scholars to contribute to the advancement of theological thought.

Gifford Lectureships are normally awarded by invitation of the Gifford Lectureship Committee.

Gifford Lectures 2014-2015

Professor Jeremy Waldron: 'One Another's Equals: The Basis of Human Equality'26 January - 5 February 2015, 5.30pm - 6.30pmPlayfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
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Gifford Lectures Blog

The Gifford Lectureship Committee welcomes further discussion around the themes of Professor Waldron's Series in a new blog.

Dr Alexander Forsyth, Hope Trust Post-doctoral Research Fellow at New College, University of Edinburgh, will share his reflections on themes arising from the series and will invite your comments and contributions.

Professor Helga Nowotny: 'Beyond Innovation. Temporalities. Re-use. Emergence.'Wednesday 13 May 2015, 5.30pm - 6.30pmBusiness School Auditorium and Concourse, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS
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Gifford Lectures archives

You can find on this website details of past Gifford Lectures which took place as early as the 1999-2000 academic year.

At best, the archives contain a biography of each speaker, a lecture abstract, and a full video recording of the lecture.

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