THE KERR LECTURESHIP.
The “Kerr Lectureship”
was founded by the Trustees of the late Miss Joan Kerr,
of Sanquhar, under her Deed of Settlement, and formally adopted
by the United Presbyterian Synod in May 1886. In the following year, May 1887, the
provisions and conditions of the Lectureship, as finally adjusted, were adopted
by the Synod, and embodied in a Memorandum, printed in the Appendix to the Synod
Minutes, p. 489. From these the following excerpts are here given:— II.
The amount to be invested shall be £3000. III. The object of the Lectureship
is the promotion of the study of Scientific Theology in the United Presbyterian
Church. The Lectures shall be upon some such subjects as the following, vis.:—A.
Historic Theology—(1) Biblical Theology, (2) History of Doctrine, (3) Patristics,
with special reference to the significance and authority of the first three centuries.
B. Systematic Theology—(1) Christian Doctrine—(a) Philosophy of Religion
(b) Comparative Theology, (c) Anthropology, (d) Christology,
(e) Soteriology, (f) Eschatology; (2) Christian Ethics—(a)
Doctrine of Sin, (b) Individual and Social Ethics, (c) The Sacraments,
(d) The Place of Art in Religions Life and Worship. Farther, the Committee
of Selection shall from time to time, as they think fit appoint as the subject of
the Lectures any important Phases of Modern Religious Thought, or Scientific Theories
in their bearing upon Evangelical Theology. The Committee may also appoint a subject
connected with the practical work of the Ministry as subject of Lecture, but in
no case shall this be admissible more than once in every five appointments. IV.
The appointments to this Lectureship shall be made in the first instance from among
the Licentiates or Ministers of the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland, of whom
no one shall be eligible who, when the appointment falls to be made, shall have
been licensed for more than twenty-five years, and who is not a graduate of a British
University, preferential regard being had to those who have for some time been connected
with a Continental University. V. Appointments not subject to the conditions
in Section IV. may also from time to time, at the discretion of the Committee,
be made from among eminent members of the Ministry of any of the Nonconformist Churches
of Great Britain and Ireland, America, and the Colonies, or of the Protestant Evangelical
Churches of the Continent. VI. The Lecturer shall hold the appointment for
three years. VIII. The Lectures shall be published at the Lecturer’s own
expense within one year after their delivery. IX. The Lectures shall be delivered
to the Students of the United Presbyterian Hall. XII. The public shall be
admitted to the Lectures.