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The Hibbert Lectures are an annual series of non-sectarian lectures on theological issues. They are sponsored by the Hibbert Trust, which was founded in 1847 by the Unitarian Robert Hibbert with a goal to uphold "the unfettered exercise of private judgement in matters of religion.". In recent years the lectures have been broadcast by the BBC.


Lecturers (incomplete list)

1878-1894 (First Series)

  • 1878 Max Müller On the Religions of India (inaugural)
  • 1879 Peter le Page Renouf The Religion of the Egyptians
  • 1880 Ernest Renan Lectures on the Influence of the Institutions, Thought And Culture of Rome on Christianity And the Development of the Catholic Church
  • 1881 T. W. Rhys Davids Indian Buddhism
  • 1882 Abraham Kuenen National Religions and Universal Religion
  • 1883 Charles Beard The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century in its Relation to Modern Thought and Knowledge
  • 1884 Albert Reville The Native Religions of Mexico and Peru
  • 1885 Otto Pfleiderer The Influence of the Apostle Paul on the Development of Christianity
  • 1886 John Rhys Lectures on the origin and growth of religion as illustrated by Celtic heathendom
  • 1887 Archibald Sayce Babylonian Religion
  • 1888 Edwin Hatch Influence of Greek Ideas and Usages Upon the Christian Church
  • 1891 Eugene, Count Goblet D'Alviella Lectures on the Origin and Growth of the Concept of God, as Illustrated by Anthropology and History ISBN 978-0766102071 [1]
  • 1892 Claude Montefiore The Origin and Growth of Religion as Illustrated by the Religion of the Ancient Hebrews
  • 1893 C. B. Upton Lectures on the bases of religious belief
  • 1894 James Drummond Via, Veritas, Vita; Christianity in its most simple and intelligible form




  • 2003 James L. Cox Religion without God: Methodological Agnosticism and the Future of Religious Studies
  • 2005 Karen Armstrong and Khalid Hameed Spirituality and global citizenship


  1. ^ well known as a freethinker that when he was invited the Hibbert Lectures at Oxford, the authorities of Balliol College refused the use of a room for the purpose[1]

This article incorporates text from the public domain 1907 edition of The Nuttall Encyclopædia.


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