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Find out more about the Gifford Lectures

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


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.

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 Lectureships Committee.