The Gifford Lectures legacy

The Gifford Lectures legacy

Playfair Library, site of the Gifford Lectures

Adam Lord Gifford. Not exactly an everyday name, but still an important one. Lord Gifford (1820-1887) endowed one of the most prestigious lecture series in Europe, which since the late 1880’s has featured some of the best-known scholars of the day. Often the topics relate to issues of faith and science. Video streaming technology has now made it possible to view the actual presentations themselves; here are links to several recent lectures of particular interest:

David N. Livingstone (Queen’s University, Belfast) spoke in 2014 on Dealing With Darwin. The lecture series is at and is expanded in his book “Dealing With Darwin: Place, Politics, and Rhetoric in Religious Engagements With Evolution” by Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014.

Sarah Coakley (Cambridge University) delivered the 2012 lectures on “Sacrifice Regained: Evolution, Cooperation and God”. Access is at

Peter Harrison (University of Queensland) presented the 2010-2011 lectures on “Science, Religion, and Modernity”. The series is available on YouTube, beginning with:

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