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 2013-2014

Baroness Onora O’Neill: A Special Gifford Lecture in Memory of Professor Susan Manning (1953-2013): 'From Toleration to Freedom of Expression' Monday 28 October 2013, 5.30pm - 6.30pmPlayfair Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
A video recording is available via the link below.
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Lord Williams of Oystermouth: 'Making representations: religious faith and the habits of language'4 - 14 November 2013, 5.30pm - 6.30pmAssembly Hall, New College, 1 Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU
A video recording of each lecture is available via the link below.
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Justice Catherine O'Regan: 'What is Caesar's'? Adjudicating faith in modern constitutional democraciesMonday 19 May 2014, 5.30pmSt Cecilia's Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NQ
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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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