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For over a century, the Gifford Lectures have enabled international scholars to contribute to the advancement of theological and philosophical thought.

The Gifford Lectureships, which are held at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St. Andrews, were established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford, a Senator of the College of Justice, who died in 1887.

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For over a century, the Gifford Lectures have enabled international scholars to contribute to the advancement of theological and philosophical thought.

The Gifford Lectureships, which are held at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and St. Andrews, were established under the will of Adam Lord Gifford, a Senator of the College of Justice, who died in 1887.

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    Prof. Kathryn Tanner - Which World?

    Prof. Kathryn Tanner - Which World?

    Professor Kathryn Tanner the Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, delivers the Gifford Lecture entitled "Which World?".

    The sixth lecture in the series discusses how finance-dominated capitalism encourages one to relate to oneself, which in turn has a bearing on the understanding of one’s relations with others.

    It will consider the emphasis on individual performance and responsibility in finance-dominated capitalism, the specific forms of competition typical of wage relations and market dynamics, winner-take-all profit mechanisms and herd behaviour in financial markets, privatising tendencies in the provision of public goods and the shifting of risks on to vulnerable individuals.

    It will contrast these emphases with the general ways that Christianity links one’s relationship with oneself to one’s relations with others.

    Recorded 12 May 2016 at the University of Edinburgh's Business School auditorium.

    • 58 Min.
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    Prof. Kathryn Tanner - Another World?

    Prof. Kathryn Tanner - Another World?

    Professor Kathryn Tanner the Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, delivers the Gifford Lecture entitled "Another World?".

    The fifth lecture in the series explores how present and future are collapsed in the evaluation of assets on secondary financial markets, and the way efforts are made, by way of derivatives and other tactics typical of finance-dominated capitalism, to limit the potentially disturbing character of an unpredictable future.

    The lecture will seek to establish how Christianity, to the contrary, allows for a future that, while very different from the present, does not simply compensate for the present’s failings.

    Recorded 10 May 2016 at the University of Edinburgh's Business School auditorium.

    • 1 Std. 12 Min.
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    Prof. Kathryn Tanner - Nothing but the Present

    Prof. Kathryn Tanner - Nothing but the Present

    Professor Kathryn Tanner the Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, delivers the Gifford Lecture entitled "Nothing but the Present".

    The fourth lecture in the series investigates the causes and consequences of a preoccupation with the present in the lives of both workers and the indebted poor, and of the short-term time horizons that are characteristic of finance-dominated capitalism.

    It will lay out the different reasons for Christian attention to an urgent present, along with the different effects of the Christian understanding of the present.

    Recorded 9 May 2016 at the University of Edinburgh's Business School auditorium.

    • 1 Std. 9 Min.
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    Prof. Kathryn Tanner - Total Commitment

    Prof. Kathryn Tanner - Total Commitment

    Professor Kathryn Tanner the Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, delivers the Gifford Lecture entitled "Total Commitment".

    The third lecture in the series explores the strategies used in finance-dominated capitalism to ensure worker compliance with company demands.

    It will contrast these strategies, point by point, with the way in which a person’s commitment to God is related to the person’s more mundane commitments.

    Recorded 5 May 2016 at the University of Edinburgh's Business School auditorium.

    • 1 Std. 9 Min.
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    Prof. Kathryn Tanner – Chained to the Past

    Prof. Kathryn Tanner – Chained to the Past

    Professor Kathryn Tanner the Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, delivers the Gifford Lecture entitled "Chained to the Past".

    The second lecture in the series considers the way in which persons, as both workers and debtors, are encouraged to relate to past decisions that constrain present action within finance-dominated capitalism.

    The presumed inevitability of this way of relating to the past is undercut by appealing to Christian forms of self-repudiation in conversion and to the ruptured narratives that go along with them.

    Recorded 3 May 2016 at the University of Edinburgh's George Square Lecture Theatre.

    • 1 Std. 9 Min.
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    Prof. Kathryn Tanner – Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism

    Prof. Kathryn Tanner – Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism

    Professor Kathryn Tanner the Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School, delivers the Gifford Lecture entitled "Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism".

    The first lecture in this series discusses the Weberian approach to the influence of Christian beliefs and practices on economic behaviour, and ties it to the sort of comparison of ‘spiritualities’ offered by the French philosopher Michel Foucault in his Collège de France lectures.

    The lecture explores the general characteristics of finance-dominated capitalism and its culture, and outlines the basic shape of the larger argument of the series, concerning the potential for Christianity to counteract contemporary capitalist modes of control.

    Recorded 2 May 2016 at the University of Edinburgh's Business School.

    • 1 Std. 17 Min.

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