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Scottish judge Adam Gifford believed that the active knowledge of God engenders humanity’s well-being. Thus, in his 1885 will, he bequeathed £80,000 to four Scottish universities—Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow, and St. Andrews—for the establishment of a lecture series dealing with natural theology. For over a century, the Gifford Lecture Series has featured the most prestigious theologians, ethicists, philosophers, and scientists, presenting premier research and insightful perspectives on the value of natural theology. Philosopher Jacques Barzun described the Gifford Lectures as “the highest honor in a philosopher’s career.”

This Collection contains 17 volumes of selected lectures from the University of Glasgow’s Gifford Series. The lecturers reflect on topics such as natural, psychological, and physical religion, the relationship between religion and science, and the moral and providential order of the world. Those interested in theology, philosophy, ethics, and science will find this collection a valuable addition to their digital library.

In the Logos editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful searches help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Tablet and mobile apps let you take the discussion with you. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Interested in reading more works from the Gifford Lectures series? Check out Select Gifford Lectures Delivered at Aberdeen (13 vols.) and Select Gifford Lectures Delivered at Edinburgh (19 vols.).

Key Features

  • Lectures by prestigious scholars on natural theology
  • Discussions of human existence, the nature of the soul, morality, and divinity
  • Historical perspectives on important debates in theology, philosophy, and ethics

Individual Titles

Anthropological Religion

  • Author: F. Max Müller
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 464

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This volume contains F. Max Müller’s third course in the Gifford Lectures, which discusses what different nations believe about the soul, and how they came to hold those beliefs.

Friedrich Max Müller (1823–1900) was a philologist and Orientalist. He helped found the academic field of Indian studies, as well as comparative religion. His lucrative academic career landed him an appointment as a Gifford lecturer for the first annual Gifford Lectures. His lectures were criticized by some as anti-Christian, though Müller maintained that his lectures emerged from his Lutheran faith. Müller argued against Darwin’s work, as well as Aryanism, claiming that “an ethnologist who speaks of Aryan race, Aryan blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a linguist who speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic grammar.” Müller received a number of honors and awards, including the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art in 1875. The Goethe Institutes in India are named Max Müller Bhavan in his honor. Müller also published numerous works, including A History of Ancient Sanskrit Literature So Far As It Illustrates the Primitive Religion of the Brahmans, The Science of Thought, and Introduction to the Science of Religion.

Natural Religion

  • Author: F. Max Müller
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1892
  • Pages: 608

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This volume contains F. Max Müller’s first course in the Gifford Lectures, which formulated a broad definition for religion by exploring its origins and developments throughout history.

Friedrich Max Müller (1823–1900) was a philologist and Orientalist. He helped found the academic field of Indian studies, as well as comparative religion. His lucrative academic career landed him an appointment as a Gifford lecturer for the first annual Gifford Lectures. His lectures were criticized by some as anti-Christian, though Müller maintained that his lectures emerged from his Lutheran faith. Müller argued against Darwin’s work, as well as Aryanism, claiming that “an ethnologist who speaks of Aryan race, Aryan blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a linguist who speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic grammar.” Müller received a number of honors and awards, including the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art in 1875. The Goethe Institutes in India are named Max Müller Bhavan in his honor. Müller also published numerous works, including A History of Ancient Sanskrit Literature So Far As It Illustrates the Primitive Religion of the Brahmans, The Science of Thought, and Introduction to the Science of Religion.

Theosophy or Psychological Religion

  • Author: F. Max Müller
  • Edition: New
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 585

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This volume contains F. Max Müller’s fourth and final series of lectures in the Gifford Lectures. Theosophy or Psychological Religion is concerned with the relationship between God and the soul.

Friedrich Max Müller (1823–1900) was a philologist and Orientalist. He helped found the academic field of Indian studies, as well as comparative religion. His lucrative academic career landed him an appointment as a Gifford lecturer for the first annual Gifford Lectures. His lectures were criticized by some as anti-Christian, though Müller maintained that his lectures emerged from his Lutheran faith. Müller argued against Darwin’s work, as well as Aryanism, claiming that “an ethnologist who speaks of Aryan race, Aryan blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a linguist who speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic grammar.” Müller received a number of honors and awards, including the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art in 1875. The Goethe Institutes in India are named Max Müller Bhavan in his honor. Müller also published numerous works, including A History of Ancient Sanskrit Literature So Far As It Illustrates the Primitive Religion of the Brahmans, The Science of Thought, and Introduction to the Science of Religion.

Physical Religion

  • Author: F. Max Müller
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1891
  • Pages: 585

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

This volume contains F. Max Müller’s second lecture series, which presents a historical examination of the different ways people throughout the world have discovered the infinite through nature.

Friedrich Max Müller (1823–1900) was a philologist and Orientalist. He helped found the academic field of Indian studies, as well as comparative religion. His lucrative academic career landed him an appointment as a Gifford lecturer for the first annual Gifford Lectures. His lectures were criticized by some as anti-Christian, though Müller maintained that his lectures emerged from his Lutheran faith. Müller argued against Darwin’s work, as well as Aryanism, claiming that “an ethnologist who speaks of Aryan race, Aryan blood, Aryan eyes and hair, is as great a sinner as a linguist who speaks of a dolichocephalic dictionary or a brachycephalic grammar.” Müller received a number of honors and awards, including the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art in 1875. The Goethe Institutes in India are named Max Müller Bhavan in his honor. Müller also published numerous works, including A History of Ancient Sanskrit Literature So Far As It Illustrates the Primitive Religion of the Brahmans, The Science of Thought, and Introduction to the Science of Religion.

The Fundamental Ideas of Christianity, vol. 1

  • Authors: John Caird and Edward Caird
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: James MacLehose and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 232

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This first volume of The Fundamental Ideas of Christianity discusses the doctrine of God, the problem of sin, incarnation, atonement, and the soul.

John Caird (1820–1898) was a preacher and the principal of Glasgow University. Caird initially followed in his father’s footsteps to become an engineer, but after his father’s death, Caird devoted his life to ministry. In 1855, Caird preached to an assembly that included Queen Victoria. Moved by his words, she demanded that the sermon be published. Shortly after, Caird became one of Her Majesty’s chaplains for Scotland. Caird contributed to Scotch Sermons.

Edward Caird (1835–1908) was a Scottish philosopher and John Caird’s brother. His publications include The Collected Works of Edward Caird, A Critical Account of the Philosophy of Kant, with an Historical Introduction, The Social Philosophy and Religion of Comte, and Hegel.

The Fundamental Ideas of Christianity, vol. 2

  • Authors: John Caird and Edward Caird
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: James MacLehose and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 297

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This second volume of The Fundamental Ideas of Christianity continues Caird’s discussion of the doctrine of God, the problem of sin, incarnation, atonement, and the soul.

John Caird (1820–1898) was a preacher and the principal of Glasgow University. Caird initially followed in his father’s footsteps to become an engineer, but after his father’s death, Caird devoted his life to ministry. In 1855, Caird preached to an assembly that included Queen Victoria. Moved by his words, she demanded that the sermon be published. Shortly after, Caird became one of Her Majesty’s chaplains for Scotland. Caird contributed to Scotch Sermons.

Edward Caird (1835–1908) was a Scottish philosopher and John Caird’s brother. His publications include The Collected Works of Edward Caird, A Critical Account of the Philosophy of Kant, with an Historical Introduction, The Social Philosophy and Religion of Comte, and Hegel.

The Providential Order of the World

  • Author: Alexander Balmain Bruce
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1897
  • Pages: 391

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In this volume, Alexander Bruce discusses the philosophy of providential order, and the way it appears in the world. Bruce addresses Darwinism, and explores man’s relationship to God.

Alexander Balmain Bruce (1831–1899) was a Scottish theologian and professor of apologetics and New Testament exegesis at Free Church College, Glasgow. His other works include The Training of the Twelve, The Kingdom of God: Christ’s Teachings according to the Synoptic Gospels, and St. Paul’s Conception of Christianity.

Lectures and Essays on Natural Theology and Ethics

  • Author: William Wallace
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Publication Date: 1898
  • Pages: 566

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This volume examines the relationship between morality and religion, specifically discussing contemporary religion, science, and the arts.

William Wallace (1844–1897) was a professor of moral philosophy at Oxford. His other works include Kant, Life of Schopenhauer, The Logic of Hegel, and Epicureanism.

The Moral Order of the World

  • Author: Alexander Balmain Bruce
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 431

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In this volume, Bruce focuses on providence as presented to ancient Indians, Persians, the Greek, and the Hebrews. Bruce builds the case that Hebrew prophets and Jesus were the greatest influences on the world’s ethics.

Alexander Balmain Bruce (1831–1899) was a Scottish theologian and professor of apologetics and New Testament exegesis at Free Church College, Glasgow. His other works include The Training of the Twelve, The Kingdom of God: Christ’s Teachings according to the Synoptic Gospels, and St. Paul’s Conception of Chrisitianity.

The Evolution of Theology in the Greek Philosophers, vol. 1

  • Author: Edward Caird
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: James MacLehose and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 382

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The first volume of The Evolution of Theology in Greek Philosophers examines the Greek philosophies that have influenced theology. The text explores the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Philo, and Plotinus.

Edward Caird (1835–1908) was a Scottish philosopher and John Caird’s brother. His publications include The Collected Works of Edward Caird, A Critical Account of the Philosophy of Kant, with an Historical Introduction, The Social Philosophy and Religion of Comte, and Hegel.

The Evolution of Theology in the Greek Philosophers, vol. 2

  • Author: Edward Caird
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: James MacLehose and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1904
  • Pages: 464

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The second volume of The Evolution of Theology in Greek Philosophers continues Caird’s examination of the Greek philosophies that have influenced theology. The text explores the ideas of Plato, Aristotle, Philo, and Plotinus.

Edward Caird (1835–1908) was a Scottish philosopher and John Caird’s brother. His publications include The Collected Works of Edward Caird, A Critical Account of the Philosophy of Kant, with an Historical Introduction, The Social Philosophy and Religion of Comte, and Hegel.

Science and Religion in Contemporary Philosophy

  • Author: Émile Boutroux
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: The Macmillan Company
  • Publication Date: 1911
  • Pages: 400

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This volume contains one of the few works by Émile Boutroux available in English. Boutroux claims that science and religion are highly different, but equally essential tools to describe separate parts of reality.

Émile Boutroux (1845–1921) was a professor of philosophy at Sorbonne. He was a member of the Academy of the Moral and Political Sciences, the director of the Thiers Foundation, and a member of the Académie française. His other works include Pascal, Historical Studies in Philosophy, and William James.

The Interpretation of Religious Experience, vol. 1

  • Author: John Watson
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: James MacLehose and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 375

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This volume contains the first part of The Interpretation of Religious Experience, which reflects on religion as a whole, but particularly on Christianity. The text explores the thoughts of various writers, examining the origins of Christianity, religious experience, and philosophy’s influence on theology.

John Watson (1847–1939) was a philosopher and professor of moral philosophy at Queen’s University in Canada. He received honorary degrees from both the University of Michigan and Knox College, Toronto. His work had a large impact on Canadian education. Watson’s other published works include Dante and Medieval Thought, An Outline of Philosophy, and Christianity and Idealism.

The Interpretation of Religious Experience, vol. 2

  • Author: John Watson
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: James MacLehose and Sons
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 342

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This volume contains the second part of The Interpretation of Religious Experience, which examines the evolution of ideas, focusing on Hegelian doctrine.

John Watson (1847–1939) was a philosopher and professor of moral philosophy at Queen’s University in Canada. He received honorary degrees from both the University of Michigan and Knox College, Toronto. His work had a large impact on Canadian education. Watson’s other published works include Dante and Medieval Thought, An Outline of Philosophy, and Christianity and Idealism.

Theism and Humanism

  • Author: Arthur James Balfour
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 1915
  • Pages: 274

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This volume contains Arthur Balfour’s lectures defending the practice of natural theology, appealing to common sense.

Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930) was a politician and philosopher. In 1874, he was elected to the English Parliament. His other works include A Defence of Philosophic Doubt: Being an Essay on the Foundations of Belief and The Foundations of Belief: Being Notes Introductory to the Study of Theology.

Space, Time, and Deity, vol. 1

  • Author: S. Alexander
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 347

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This volume contains the first part of S. Alexander’s Space, Time, and Deity, in which Alexander develops a system of realistic metaphysics theory. The text explores space, time, and the nature of deity, creating a basis for explaining the world.

Samuel Alexander (1859–1938) was a professor of philosophy at the University of Manchester. In 1879, Alexander graduated first in his class in mathematical and classical moderations, as well as literae humaniores at Balliol. His other works include Locke, Spinoza and Time, and Art and the Material.

Space, Time, and Deity, vol. 2

  • Author: S. Alexander
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1920
  • Pages: 437

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This volume contains the second part of S. Alexander’s Space, Time, and Deity, in which Alexander develops a system of realistic metaphysics theory. The text explores space, time, and the nature of deity, creating a basis for explaining the world.

Samuel Alexander (1859–1938) was a professor of philosophy at the University of Manchester. In 1879, Alexander graduated first in his class in mathematical and classical moderations, as well as literae humaniores at Balliol. His other works include Locke, Spinoza and Time, and Art and the Material.

Product Details

  • Title: Select Gifford Lectures Delivered at Glasgow
  • Series: Gifford Lectures
  • Volumes: 17
  • Pages: 7,093