A leading theologian will offer fresh insights into finance’s adverse effects on human behaviour in this year’s Gifford Lecture series.
Professor Kathryn Tanner, of Yale University, will deliver six lectures in venues around the University’s central campus from 2 May to 12 May.
During the series, Professor Tanner will highlight how finance informs contemporary capitalist culture, shaping the way people live their lives. She will go on to explore the extent to which this form of capitalist culture might be countered by Christian beliefs and practices.
Professor Tanner’s Gifford Lectures will be supplemented with a blog hosted by David Robinson, who is studying for a PhD in Theology and Ethics at Edinburgh.
A post will be published after each lecture, reflecting on what was discussed and encouraging others to comment.
Audience members are also encouraged to pose questions during the lectures, in person or via email or using the twitter hashtag #GiffordsEd.
Questions submitted will be put forward during the online discussion period that follows each talk.
Professor Tanner will be joining a panel to discuss audience questions arising from her lectures at the Gifford Seminar in Martin Hall at New College on Wednesday 11 May, 12.30pm-1.30pm.
Further information and booking link can be found on the University Gifford Lectures webpages.
After the last lecture in the series, on Thursday 12 May, the Right Reverend Brian Smith, former Episcopal Bishop of Edinburgh, will facilitate a discussion of Professor Tanner’s series, at 7.30pm in the University Chaplaincy, Bristo Square. All are welcome – there is no need to book.
Kathryn Tanner joined Yale Divinity School faculty in 2010. Previously, she taught at the University of Chicago Divinity School for sixteen years and in Yale’s Department of Religious Studies for ten.
Her research seeks to apply Christian thought to contemporary issues of theological concern using social, cultural, and feminist theory.
Professor Tanner serves on the editorial boards of Modern Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology and Scottish Journal of Theology.
She is a former co-editor of the Journal of Religion.
The Gifford Lectures blog currently offers background information on the lecture series topic.
It also provides a list of advance reading to give some insight into Professor Tanner’s work ahead of the lectures.
The Gifford Lectures have been delivered since 1888 by a succession of distinguished international scholars. Their focus is on Natural Theology, exploring themes relating to the knowledge of God, morals and ethics.
The lecture series was established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford (1820-1887), a Senator of the College of Justice at the University.
Previous speakers include former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams; the Chairperson of the United Nations Internal Justice Council, Catherine O’Regan; and world-renowned psychologist, Steven Pinker.