The Gifford Lectures—held regularly at the four ancient Scottish universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews and Aberdeen—were established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford, a Senator of the College of Justice, who died in 1887.  His bequest allows the University to invite notable scholars to deliver a series of public lectures on themes related to ‘natural theology’, broadly construed.


The 2018 Lectures here in Aberdeen were delivered by world-renowned biblical scholar Professor NT Wright (University of St. Andrews) under the overall title Discerning the Dawn: History, Eschatology and New Creation.


Recordings of the lectures are available online:

Lecture 1 - The Fallen Shrine: Lisbon 1755 and the Triumph of Epicureanism
Lecture 2 - The Questioned Book: Critical Scholarship and the Gospels
Lecture 3 - The Shifting Sand: The Meanings of 'History'
Lecture 4 - The End of the World? Eschatology and Apocalyptic in Historical Perspective

Lecture 5 - The Stone the Builders Rejected: Jesus, the Temple and the Kingdom

Lecture 6 - A New Creation: Resurrection and Epistemology
Lecture 7 - Broken Signposts? New Answers for the Right Questions
Lecture 8 - The Waiting Chalice: Natural Theology and the Missio Dei