News & Announcements

Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 14:30 to Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 19:00
University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow is pleased to announce that registration for the 2012 Gifford Lecture Series is now open.

Lecture Dates

Art , metaphor and synesthesia (afternoon workshop) 
Sunday 27th May, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Sir Charles Wilson, Lecture Theatre

Illusions , delusions and the brain
Monday 28th May 6pm (doors open 5:30pm)
Bute Hall, Main Building

Molecules , neurons and morality
Wednesday 30th May 6pm (doors open 5:30pm)
Bute Hall, Main Building

Gifford Lectures now has a YouTube Channel! Visit http://www.youtube.com/user/GiffordLectures?feature=mhee to watch videos of recorded lectures.

In Divine Personality and Human Life, volume 2 of Webb’s Gifford Lectures, the author examines ideas of personality and persons and their relation to broadly theistic conceptions of God. The volume explores the notion of personality in ‘man’ in light of the conclusions drawn in the first volume, and how the ‘divine personality’ figures in spheres of human activity such as the economic, scientific, aesthetic, moral, political and religious lives.

Divine Personality and Human Life: Being the Gifford Lectures in the Years 1918 and 1919

St Andrews now has a Gifford Lectures page, which presently has a detailed description of Roger Scruton’s upcoming Lecture series.

David Fergusson’s Faith and Its Critics: A Conversation is written in response to the new atheists, especially Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris. Fergusson regards it as incumbent on Christians to give an answer for the hope that is in them and in this sense his book is certainly an apologetic work. However, unusually, he also believes that theology has much to learn from the new atheists themselves, and hence that a theological study of atheism might be of salutary benefit to those who remain committed to faith.

The Rhythm of Being

Rewriting the lectures two decades after delivery allowed Raimon Panikkar to “discern what is abiding” and to add material from two other intervening books on Christology.

In A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology Alister McGrath seeks to recover a vision for natural theology that is ‘both securely rooted in the long tradition of Christian theological reflection and adequately adapted to our understandings of the natural world’. In particular he argues for a distinctively Christian approach to natural theology grounded upon the doctrine of the Trinity.

New Theories of Everything

Will we ever discover a single scientific theory that tells us everything that has happened, and everything that will happen, on every level in the Universe? The quest for the theory of everything - a single key that unlocks all the secrets of the Universe - is no longer a pipe-dream, but the focus of some of our most exciting research about the structure of the cosmos. But what might such a theory look like? What would it mean? And how close are we to getting there?

New Theories of Everything

Seeing Things is a highly original book that will have appeal across humanity departments including visual studies, theology, art history, sociology, anthropology and ethics. The book considers in detail, the experience of perceiving visual objects, from high art to everyday artefacts. It looks in particular at the problems encountered with the ways we in Western culture look upon the world and things, and encourages and argues for ways to look and visualise the world more critically, broadly and widely.

David Daube’s The Deed and the Doer is comprised of Daube’s first ten Gifford lectures, delivered in 1962. The overall theme of Daube’s Gifford Lectures is law and wisdom in the Bible. His wide-ranging deliberations reveal how complicated and profound the biblical text is. He analyzes deeds described in the Bible and considers, for example, what causes people to act in a certain way, the role of intent, why unintended deeds are sometimes punishable, and how the origin of a deed is determined.

The Deed and the Doer in the Bible

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