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Bampton Lectures

BAMPTON LECTURES: A series of eight lectures or sermons instituted at the University of Oxford by the Rev. John Bampton, M.A., of Trinity College, Canon of Salisbury (b. 1689; d. 1751), who left his entire estate for the purpose. By the terms of the founder’s will they shall be preached on Sunday mornings in Term, “between the commencement of the last month in Lent Term [the day before Palm-Sunday] and the end of the third week in Act Term [the day before Whitsunday—the Saturday after the first Tuesday in July, or later, if continued by Congregation], upon either of the following subjects—to confirm and establish the Christian Faith, and to confute all heretics and schismatics—upon the divine authority of the holy Scriptures—upon the authority of the writings of the primitive Fathers, as to faith and practise of the primitive Church—upon the Divinity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ—upon the Divinity of the Holy Ghost—upon the Articles of the Christian Faith, as comprehended in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds.” The publication of the lectures is obligatory. The lecturer is chosen by the heads of colleges and must be at least a master of arts of Oxford or Cambridge; no one can be selected a second time. The first course was given in 1780; since 1895 lectures have been suspended in alternate years because of diminution in the income provided by the endowment fund. At present the estate produces £120 to each lecturer.

A list of lecturers and subjects is given in The Historical Register of the University of Oxford (Oxford 1900); also, down to 1893 in J. F. Hurst, Literature of Theology (New York, 1896); the continuation from the latter date is as follows:

1894. Rev. John Richardson Illingworth, Personality, Human and Divine, pp. xv, 274, 8vo, London, Macmillan, 1895.

1895. Very Rev. Thomas Banks Strong, Christian Ethics, pp. xxvii, 388, 8vo), London, Longmans, 1896.

1897. Rev. Robert Lawrence Ottley, Aspects of the Old Testament, pp. xix, 448, 8vo, London, Longmans, 1897.

1899. Rev. William Ralph Inge, Christian Mysticism, pp. xv, 380, 8vo, London, Methuen, 1899.


1901. Rev. Archibald Robertson, Regnum Dei pp. xix, 402, 8vo, London, Methuen, 1901.

1903. Rev. William Holden Hutton, The Influence of Christianity upon National Character, illustrated by the Lives and Legends of the English Saints, pp. xiv, 12, 385, 8vo, London, Wells, Gardner, Darton & Co., 1903.

1905. Rev. Frederick William Bussell, Christian Theology and Social Progress, London, Methuen, 1907.

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