Gifford, Adam (Lord)


Gifford, Adam (Lord)
    (1820-87)
   A Scots lawyer, Lord Gifford is chiefly known today for his generous bequest, which funds prestigious lecturerships, research fellowships and occasional conferences at the four ancient Scottish universities (St Andrews, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen). The bequest stipulates that the lectures and fellowships should be for 'Promoting, Advancing, Teaching, and Diffusing the study of Natural Theology', but this has been so broadly construed as to allow Karl Barth and even atheists (as long as they were, in Lord Gifford's words, 'able, reverent men, true thinkers, sincere lovers of and earnest inquirers after truth') to give lectures. Other famous Gifford lecturers include William James, Alvin Plantinga, and Alfred North Whitehead, and even the former British Prime Minister, Arthur Balfour.
   Further reading: web site of the Gifford Lectures; Jaki 1995; Witham 2005

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