Bampton Lectures

The Bampton Lectures at the University of Oxford, England, were founded by a bequest of John Bampton.[1] They have taken place since 1780.

Philip Micklem (1876–1965), an Anglican priest who delivered the 1946 Bampton Lectures

They were a series of annual lectures; since the turn of the 20th century they have typically been biennial. They continue to concentrate on Christian theological topics. The lectures have traditionally been published in book form. On a number of occasions, notably at points during the 19th century, they attracted great interest and controversy.

Lecturers (incomplete list)Edit



  • 1800 – George Richards The Divine Origin of Prophecy Illustrated and Defended
  • 1801 – George Stanley Faber Horae Mosaicae
  • 1802 – George Frederic Nott Religious Enthusiasm
  • 1803 – John Farrer Sermons on the Mission and Character of Christ and on the Beatitudes
  • 1804 – Richard Laurence An attempt to illustrate those articles of the Church of England, which the Calvinists improperly consider as Calvinistical
  • 1805 – Edward Nares A View of the Evidences of Christianity at the End of the Pretended Age of Reason[6]
  • 1806 – John Browne, Fellow of Corpus Christi College Sermons preached before the University of Oxford[7]
  • 1807 – Thomas Le Mesurier The Nature and Guilt of Schism
  • 1808 – John Penrose An Attempt to Prove the Truth of Christianity
  • 1809 – John Bayley Somers Carwithen A view of the Brahminical religion
  • 1810 – Thomas Falconer Certain Principles in Evanson's Dissonance of the 'Four generally received Evangelists' [8]
  • 1811 – John Bidlake The Truth and Consistency of Divine Revelation
  • 1812 – Richard Mant An Appeal to the Gospel
  • 1813 – John Collinson A Key to the Writings of the Principal Fathers of the Christian Church who flourished during the first three centuries [9]
  • 1814 – William Van Mildert The General Principles of Scripture-Interpretation
  • 1815 – Reginald Heber The Personality and Office of the Christian Comforter
  • 1816 – John Hume Spry Christian Union Doctrinally and Historically Considered
  • 1817 – John Miller The Divine Authority of Holy Scripture
  • 1818 – Charles Abel Moysey The Doctrines of Unitarians Examined
  • 1819 – Hector Davies Morgan A Compressed View of the Religious Principles and Practices of the Age[10]
  • 1820 – Godfrey Faussett The Claims of the Established Church to exclusive attachment and support, and the Dangers which menace her from Schism and Indifference, considered
  • 1821 – John Jones The Moral Tendency of Divine Revelation
  • 1822 – Richard Whately The Use and Abuse of Party Feeling in Matters of Religion
  • 1823 – Charles Goddard[11] The Mental Condition Necessary to a due Inquiry into Religious Evidence
  • 1824 – John Josias Conybeare An Attempt to Trace the History and to Ascertain the Limits of the Secondary and Spiritual Interpretation of Scripture[12]





  • 1901 – Archibald Robertson Regnum Dei
  • 1903 – William Holden Hutton The Influence of Christianity Upon National Character
  • 1905 – Frederick William Bussell Christian Theology and Social Progress
  • 1907 – James Hamilton Francis Peile Reproach of the Gospel: An Inquiry into the Apparent Failure of Christianity
  • 1909 – Walter Hobhouse Church and the World: in Idea and in History
  • 1911 – John Huntley Skrine Creed and the Creeds: Their Function in Religion
  • 1913 – George Edmundson The Church in Rome in the First Century
  • 1915 – Hastings Rashdall The Idea of Atonement in Christian Theology
  • 1920 – Arthur Cayley Headlam Doctrine of the Church and Christian Reunion
  • 1922 – Leighton Pullan Religion Since the Reformation
  • 1924 – Norman Powell Williams The Ideas of the Fall and of Original Sin
  • 1926 – Alfred Edward John Rawlinson New Testament Doctrine of the Christ
  • 1928 – Kenneth E. Kirk The Vision of God: The Christian Doctrine of the Summum Bonum ISBN 0-8192-2087-6
  • 1930 – Laurence Grensted Psychology and God a study of the implications of recent psychology for religious belief and practice
  • 1932 – B. H. Streeter Buddha and the Christ
  • 1934 – Robert Henry Lightfoot History and Interpretation in the Gospels
  • 1936 – Frank Herbert Brabant Time and eternity in Christian thought
  • 1938 – Alfred Guillaume Prophecy and Divination among the Hebrews and other Semites
  • 1940 – George Leonard Prestige Fathers and Heretics ISBN 0-281-00452-8
  • 1942 – Trevor Gervase Jalland The Church and the Papacy: a Historical Study
  • 1944 – Spencer Leeson Christian Education
  • 1946 – Philip Arthur Micklem The Secular and the Sacred[5]
  • 1948 – Austin Farrer The Glass of Vision



  • 2000 – John Habgood Varieties of Unbelief
  • 2001 – David Fergusson Church, State and Civil Society ISBN 0-521-52959-X
  • 2003 – Oliver O'Donovan The Ways of Judgment ISBN 978-0-8028-2920-7
  • 2005 – Paul S. Fiddes Seeing the world and knowing God: ancient wisdom and modern doctrine
  • 2007 – Raymond Plant Religion, Citizenship and Liberal Pluralism
  • 2009 – Richard Parish Catholic Particularity in Seventeenth-Century French Writing: Christianity is Strange [25]
  • 2011 – Frances Young[26]
    • From pondering scripture to the first principles of Christian Theology
    • From cosmology to doxology: reading Genesis alongside Plato and Darwin
    • From creation to re-creation: nature and the naked ape
    • From image to likeness: incarnation and theosis
    • From Adam and Eve to Mary and Christ: sin, redemption, atonement
    • From inspiration to sanctification: the spirit of wisdom and holiness
    • From the Church to Mary: towards a critical ecumenism
    • From dogma to theoria: God as Trinity
  • 2013 – Michael Banner Imagining life: Christ and the human condition[27]
  • 2015 – David F. Ford, Daring Spirit: John's Gospel Now
  • 2017 – George Pattison A Phenomenology of the Devout Life[28]
  • 2019 – Peter Harrison Rethinking Relations Between Science and Religion[29] YouTube

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1]. Bampton bequeathed funds for the annual preaching of eight divinity lecture sermons on the leading articles of the Christian faith, of which 30 copies are to be printed for distribution among the heads of houses. [2]. Date accessed: 20 December 2006.
  2. ^ Dictionary of National Biography, article Holmes, Robert (1748–1805).
  3. ^ A comparison of Islam and Christianity in their history, their evidence and their effects. 1784.
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ Biography: Anonymous on Rev. Henry Kett Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Nares used de Luc to support a conservative stance in his 1805 Bamptons, which was still sympathetic to geology unlike his later works., 2006.
  7. ^ Sermons preached before the University of Oxford.
  8. ^ Against the views of Edward Evanson. PDF Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, pp. 26–29.
  9. ^ A Key to the Writings of the Principal Fathers of the Christian Church who flourished during the first three centuries.
  10. ^ Dictionary of Welsh Biography, The National Library of Wales.
  11. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Goddard, Charles (1769/70–1848), Church of England clergyman by W. M. Jacob.
  12. ^ Internet Archive.
  13. ^ Strongly attacked by John Henry Newman's pamphlet Elucidations of Dr. Hampden's Theological StatementsAnglican History.
  14. ^ Dictionary of National Biography.
  15. ^ Justification.
  16. ^ Bishop Shirley died, having given only two of the lectures Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ The Bampton Lectures for 1848 were given by another Evangelical, Edward G. Marsh, a former Fellow of Oriel, and now incumbent of Aylesford, Kent."Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-05. Retrieved 2013-09-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  18. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography.
  19. ^ After one of the most comprehensive and learned reviews of the history of the doctrine, he came out infavor of a qualified millennialist view. Papal Rome is certainly the mystical Babylon, and although its fall has not yet truly taken place, it is shortly to be expected. ((PDF) Archived 2006-09-05 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ The book is the last statement, by a great English Protestant theologian, of a world of divinity which henceforth vanished except in the scholastic manuals. (PDF Archived 2007-02-07 at the Wayback Machine)
  21. ^ Wright, George Frederick
  22. ^ In his Bampton Lectures of 1884 he defended the proposition that the physical operation of the universe was determined, implying that God does not interfere with it. Temple asserted that God's superintendence of the world, including the evolution of life, was guaranteed through God's original creative decree. In his view the theory of evolution left the argument for an intelligent creator stronger than before."Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-08. Retrieved 2006-12-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ For many years the Bampton Lectures at Oxford had been considered as adding steadily and strongly to the bulwarks of the old orthodoxy. [...] But now there was an evident change. The departures from the old paths were many and striking, until at last, in 1893, came the lectures on Inspiration by the Rev. Dr. Sanday, Ireland Professor of Exegesis in the University of Oxford. In these, concessions were made to the newer criticism, which at an earlier time would have driven the lecturer not only out of the Church but out of any decent position in society ...[4] Archived February 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Now available as Howard E. Root, Theological Radicalism and Tradition: 'The Limits of Radicalism' with Appendices, ed. Christopher R. Brewer. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.
  25. ^ as described in the French Studies OUP 2011,
  26. ^ "Lectures and Seminars, Hilary term 2011" (pdf). Oxford University Gazette Supplement (1) to No 4938 Vol 141. University of Oxford. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  27. ^ "Lectures and Seminars, Hilary term 2013" (pdf). Oxford University Gazette Supplement (1) to No 5009 Vol 143. University of Oxford. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2013-04-21.
  28. ^ "Towards a phenomenology of the devout life". University of Oxford. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  29. ^ "Rethinking Relations Between Science and Religion". Retrieved 20 March 2019.

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