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2014 Gifford Lecture Series: University of Edinburgh

What is Caesar’s? Adjudicating Faith in Modern Constitutional Democracies to be held on Monday 19 May 2014. [More…]

2014 Gifford Lecture Series: University of Glasgow

Givenness and Revelation begins Tuesday 20 May 2014. [More…]

YouTube Channel

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A new Gifford Lectures page for St. Andrews. [More…]

Eight Books Based on Gifford Lectures

Eight books derived from the Gifford lectures are available. [More…]


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The buttons that appear at the top of each page on the Gifford Lectures site lead to the various sections and features. In certain instances, sub-menus will appear when the cursor is placed on the buttons.

Click the [Home] button at any time to return to the main page for introductory information and a scrollable listing of the lectureships that have been given at the participating universities.

The [Overview] button provides a link to background information on the history of the Gifford Lectures as well as a brief introduction to natural theology.

[Lord Gifford] links to biographical information on the founder of the lectures. Lord Gifford's will is displayed here, which outlines the establishment of the lectureship.

[Books] provides the gateway to the main content of the site, which contains all of the lectures that have been included in the database as well as summaries and abstracts written by various scholars at the Scottish universities. (See below.)

The [Authors] section contains biographical information on all of the Gifford lecturers from the inception of the series to the present day.

The [Sponsoring Universities] button links to a brief description of the four Scottish universities associated with the Gifford Lectures: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St. Andrews.

The [News] section includes announcements concerning both the site and various events surrounding the Gifford Lectures.

Browsing the Books

Click on the [Books] button to see a listing of all the titles contained on the site. To sort them by date, title, author, or university, click on the links that appear in the upper-right corner of the content window. The book titles are active links, which lead totitle pages and publication information. Links to the Summary and Contents for each book are also found on this page.

The Summary page provides both a short abstract of the lecture series and a summary written by a researcher at one of the Scottish universities. The Contents page displays a linked table of contents for the book; click on any chapter and the lecture text will be displayed. Navigate through the book by clicking on the Previous and Next buttons; click the Contents button to return to the table of contents. Notes are indicated with a linked, superscript reference number; to see the note text, click on this number.

Searching the Text

Execute an Any Word search by typing terms into the Search box on the left side of the screen. Searches can be further limited by typing in an author or selecting a particular title from the drop-down menu. Results will be displayed in a list and the searched-for words will be highlighted in the chapter.

Browsing the Authors

To view all of the Gifford lecturers, click the [Authors] button. Navigate to a specific group by clicking on a letter in the menu displayed across the top of the content window (authors are grouped by last name). Click Show All to return to the main menu. Each individual author page contains biographical information as well as a list of lectures by that author. Click on a particular lecture to go to the text.

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If you have any questions or comments about this site please contact Therese Boyd, Gifford Lectures Project Manager, at

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