Thursday, December 18, 2008

Gifford Lectures 2009 - Alister McGrath

The prestigious Gifford Lectures, which are held at the four ancient Scottish universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Aberdeen, were established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford (1820-1887), a Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland. His bequest allows the University to invite notable scholars to deliver public lectures on natural theology. Since the first lecture in 1888, Gifford Lecturers have been recognized as pre-eminent thinkers in their respective fields. Among the many gifted lecturers are Hannah Arendt, Niels Bohr, Etienne Gilson, Werner Heisenberg, William James, Max Mueller, Iris Murdoch, Reinhold Niebuhr, Albert Schweitzer and Alfred North Whitehead.

The 2009 Giffords will be delivered by Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, Religion and Education at King's College, London. Professor McGrath's series is entitled A Fine-Tuned Universe: Science, Theology and the Quest for Meaning and will look at some of the deepest questions of life in a stimulating and controversial way.

All six lectures will take place in King's College in Aberdeen Centre at 6pm on the following dates: 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th & 26th of February. For further details on the lecture series and Professor McGrath himself, please go to and

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