The Baird Lecture

The "The Baird Lecture" is a lectureship that was endowed by James Baird to promote the Christian religion.

History and Endowment

In 1873 James Baird established ‘’The Baird Trust’’ and gave into its care £500,000 to be used for aggressive Christian work. A part of the income of this fund was to provide for a series of lectures in Glasgow and also, if required, at one other of the Scottish university towns. Each course was to be delivered by a minister of the Church of Scotland, who could be reappointed, and was to consist of at least six lectures.

Catalogue of titles

*1873: "The Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures", by Robert Jamieson
*1874: "The Mysteries of Christianity", by T J Crawford
*1875: "Endowed Territorial Work", by William Smith
*1876: "Theism", by Robert Flint
*1877: "Anti-Theistic Theories", by Robert Flint
*1879: "Messianic Prophecy", by Paton J Gloag
*1880: "Historical Development of Supernatural Religion", by John Christie
*1881: "Natural Elements of Revealed Theology", by George Matheson
*1882: "The Westminster Assembly", by Prof A F Mitchell
*1883: "St Paul’s Use of the Terms Flesh and Spirit", by Prof Wm Dickson
*1885: "The Revelation of St John", by Prof Wm Milligan
*1887: "The Church of Christ", by Prof A H Charteris
*1889: "Early Religion of Israel", by Prof J Robertson
*1891: "The Ascension and Heavenly Priesthood of our Lord", by Prof Wm Milligan
*1892: "Sacrifice: Its Prophecy and Fulfilment", by Archd Scott
*1895: "The Scottish Church in Christendom", by Prof H Cowan
*1897: "Apostolic ministry in the Scottish Church", by Prof R H Story
*1899: "The Scottish Reformation", by Prof A F Mitchell
*1901: "The Church and its Social Mission", by Very Revd J Marshall Lang
*1903: "The Ministry and Sacraments of the Church of Scotland", by Very Revd Donald Macleod
*1905: "The Rule of Faith", by Prof W P Paterson
*1907: "The Four Gospels in the Earliest Church History", by Prof T Nicol
*1909: "Modern Substitutes for Christianity", by Very Revd P McAdam Muir
*1911: "New Testament Criticism: Its History and Results", by Revd J A McClymont
*1913: "Christian Freedom", by Prof W M McGregor
*1915: "The Apostles of India", by Revd J N Ogilvie
*1917: "The Idea of Immortality", by Prof G Galloway
*1920: "The Christian Vindication of Patriotism", by Robert Stevenson
*1922: "Jeremiah", by Prof G Adam Smith
*1924: "Religious Experience", by R H Fisher
*1926: "Music in Church Worship", by G W Stewart
*1928: "The Idealism of Christian Ethics", by G Walker
*1929: "The New Testament and its Transmission", by Prof G Milligan
*1932: "The Riddle of the World", by Prof D S Cairns
*1934: "Post Exilic Judaism", by Prof Adam Welch
*1935: "Parish and Parish Church", by Revd P D Thomson
*1942: "Youth in the new Order", by W M Wightman
*1946: "New Forms of the Old Faith", by Revd James Black
*1947: "The Chaplains in the Church of Scotland", by Revd T B Stewart Thomson
*1949: "The Epistle to the Hebrews", by Prof Wm Manson
*1950: "Church and Ministry", by Prof G D Henderson
*1955: "A History of Worship in the Church of Scotland", by Revd W D Maxwell
*1960: "Christian Faith and the Providential Order", by Revd A C Craig
*1965: "History and Duties of the Office of Elder", by Revd G M Dryburgh
*1971: "Ethics in a Permissive Society", by Prof Wm Barclay
*1975: "Message, Media, Mission", by Revd R F Falconer
*1978: "Saltire and Thistle", by Revd J.BP Bulloch
*1985: "Kirk by Divine Right", by Very Revd A Herron
*1990: "Music’s Magic Lost: Can it be regained?", by Revd Ian Mackenzie
*2004: "Netting Citizens", by Rev. Johnston McKay
*2007: "Celebrating 150 years of Scottish Scholarship"

External Links

[] Baird Trust website, with text of all the lectures as searchable .pdf files.

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