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Gifford Lectures

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The Gifford Lectures are lectures established by the will of Adam Lord Gifford (d. 1887). They were 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 term natural theology as used by Gifford means theology supported by science and not dependent on the miraculous. The lectures are given at the Scottish universities: Edinburgh_University, University_of_Aberdeen, University_of_St_Andrews, and University_of_Glasgow.

A Gifford lectures appointment is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of the humanities. They are normally presented as a series over an academic year and given with the intent that the edited content be published in book form. A number of these works have become classics in the fields of theology or philosophy and their relationship to science.

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Notable lectures

Aberdeen

Edinburgh

Glasgow

St. Andrews

External links

  • Gifford Lectures Online (http://www.giffordlectures.org/online.asp) presents full text of lectures no longer in copyright.
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