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Monday, May 6, 2019 - 01:30

Dates: 6, 7, 9, 27, 28, 30 May, 5.30-6.30pm.

The lectures may be followed by questions. Latest finishing time is 7pm.

Venue: St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LG 

Tickets are free of charge and will be available here from 1 March 2019.

Information about the series will follow.

Robert N. McCauley, the William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor of Philosophy at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, has been invited to be a Gifford Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen in 2020-2021.

The prestigious lectureships were established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820–1887), a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland, for notable scholars to deliver a series of public talks on “natural theology,” broadly construed as the knowledge of God.

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 13:30 to Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 15:30
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 13:00 to Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 13:00

The question of 'natural theology' interlocks with the related questions of whether we can conceive of God acting in the world at all, as well as why, if God is God, evil persists in the world. Can specific events in history, like those reported in the Gospels, afford the necessary point from which to ask and answer such questions?

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 -
13:30 to 14:30
Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing (Doorway 4), Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG

Professor Elaine Howard Ecklund will present this year’s Gifford Lecture, on Tuesday 29 May 2018, 5.30-6.30pm, at the Meadows Lecture Theatre, William Robertson Wing (Doorway 4), Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG. Professor Ecklund is the Herbert S Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University. Ecklund’s research uses social scientific methods to explore the public relationship between science and religion.

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 00:30 to Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 01:30
Playfair Library Hall, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh

Professor Dr Agustin Fuentes will present this academic year’s Gifford Lecture Series, on the following dates: February 26 and 27, and March 1, 5, 6, and 8, 2018, 5:30–6:30pm

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 13:15 to Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 14:15

“Though The Darkness Hide Thee”: Seeking the Face of the Invisible God 

The 2017 Gifford Lecture series will take place in Parliament Hall and will all start at 5.15pm.

Lecture 1: Monday 27 March 2017 – Lecture at 5.15 until 6.15, followed by a reception.
Lecture 2: Tuesday 28 March
Lecture 3: Wednesday 29 March
Lecture 4: Monday 3 April
Lecture 5: Tuesday 4 April
Lecture 6: Wednesday 5 April

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 13:30 to Friday, October 9, 2015 - 13:30
Parliament Hall

Exemplarist virtue theory is a comprehensive ethical theory in which all central terms in moral discourse (“virtue,” “good life,” “wrong act,” etc) are defined by direct reference to exemplars of goodness, picked out through the emotion of admiration.

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 22:00 to Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 22:00
Sir Charles Wilson Lecture Theatre

Perry Schmidt-Leukel – Interreligious Theology: The Future Shape of Theology

There are five lectures in the series, spread over five nights.

  1. Tuesday 13 October: Interreligious Theology: Whither and Why?
  2. Wednesday 14 October: The Prophet and the Son.
  3. Thursday 15 October: The Son and the Buddha. (NB: changed from Monday 19th!)
  4. Tuesday 20 October: The Buddha and the Prophet.
  5. Wednesday 21 October: Towards a Fractal Theory of Religious Diversity.

Each night:

Monday, May 19, 2014 -
13:30 to 14:30
St Cecilia’s Hall, Niddry Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1NQ

Justice Catherine O’Regan will deliver her Gifford Lecture, "'What is Caesar’s'? Adjudicating faith in modern constitutional democracies".

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