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2018 Gifford Lectures

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University of Aberdeen, King's College Conference Centre

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The question of ‘natural theology’ interlocks with the related questions of whether we can conceive of God acting in the world at all, as well as why, if God is God, evil persists in the world. Can specific events in history, like those reported in the Gospels, afford the necessary point from which to ask and answer such questions? Widely shared cultural and philosophical presumptions have conditioned our understanding of history in ways that truncate our epistemic horizons and make the idea of historical divine action problematic. But could better historical study itself win from ancient Jewish and Christian cosmology and eschatology a renewed account of knowledge by which to open up and reconsider the fundamental question of the relation of God and world for today?

In this series of eight lectures the world renowned biblical scholar Professor N.T. Wright (University of St. Andrews) argues that this can indeed be done

The lectures in the series develop a distinctive approach to natural theology grounded in an ‘epistemology of love’ itself made possible by reflection upon the significance of the ancient concept of the ‘new creation’ for our understanding the reality of the world and the reality of God in relation to one another.

The lectures will take place in the King’s College Conference Centre on successive Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6:00 pm, beginning February 12th and concluding March 7th, with a reception following the final lecture.

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

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