John Caird (theologian)

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John Caird
FRSE
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Born (1820-12-15)15 December 1820
Greenock
Died 30 July 1898(1898-07-30) (aged 77)
Nationality Scottish
Education Greenock Academy
Alma mater Glasgow University
Occupation theologian

John Caird FRSE (15 December 1820 – 30 July 1898) was a theologian, born at Greenock and educated at Greenock Academy and Glasgow University (MA 1845). He entered the Church of Scotland, of which he became one of the most eloquent preachers.

Life[edit]

After being a minister at Newton-on-Ayr, at Lady Yester's Church, Edinburgh (1847-1849), and at Errol, Perthshire (1849-1857), Caird was transferred to Park Church, Glasgow (1857–62), becoming in 1862 Professor of Divinity at the University (1862-1873), and in 1873 Principal until 1878. <check>

A sermon on Religion in Common Life, preached before Queen Victoria, made him known throughout the Protestant world. He wrote An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (1880), and Spinoza (1888).[1]

Caird delivered the 1892-1896 Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow, entitled The Fundamental Ideas of Christianity.

His father was John Caird, the proprietor of Caird & Company.[2] His brother was the philosopher, Edward Caird.

References[edit]

  1. ^  Bayne, Thomas Wilson (1901). "Caird, John". In Sidney Lee. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ "Former RSE Fellows 1783–2002". Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
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Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Barclay
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
1873 to 1898
Succeeded by
Professor Robert Story