Alister McGrath delivered the 2009-10 Hulsean Lectures at the University of Cambridge on the general theme of “Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology”. The titles of individual lectures were as follows:
Lecture 1: 20 October – William Paley and the Shaping of English natural theology Lecture 2: 27 October – The Darwinian challenge to natural theology Lecture 3: 3 November – Design in Darwinian Perspective Lecture 4: 10 November – Suffering in Darwinian Perspective Lecture 5: 17 November – Creation in Darwinian Perspective Lecture 6: 24 November – Darwinism and the Future of Natural Theology
The prestigious Gifford Lectureships were established by Adam Lord Gifford (1820–1887), a senator of the College of Justice in Scotland. Since the first lecture in 1888, Gifford Lecturers have been recognized as preeminent 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. For details of the Gifford Lectures, see this dedicated website.
Alister McGrath delivered the six 2009 Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen in February 2009. The theme of the lectures was “A fine-tuned universe? Natural theology and anthropic phenomena.” As the University press release noted, the lectures attracted very large audiences, even in the midst of a snowy Aberdeen winter. The full text of the original six lectures can be found on the University of Aberdeen website, and these may be downloaded free of charge.