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The University of Edinburgh has announced that David N. Hempton will deliver a series of six Gifford Lectures in the 2020–21 academic year. Dates to be confirmed.

Professor Hempton is dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Alonzo L. McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies, and John Lord O'Brian Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School.

Professor David N. Hempton's page on the Harvard Divinity School website.

Monday, October 28, 2019 (All day)

Dates: 28, 29, 31 October and 4, 5, and 7 November 2019.

Information about the lectures will be updated upon availability.

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 05:30

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 - 17:30 to Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 19:30
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 18:00 to Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 18:00

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 -
17:30 to 18:30
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 - 05:30 to Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 06:30
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 - 17:15 to Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 18:15

“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 - 17:30 to Friday, October 9, 2015 - 17:30
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.

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