Bampton Lectures, a series of lectures or sermons preached before the university of Oxford since 1780, according to the will and endowment of the Rev. John Bampton, resident canon of the cathedral of Salisbury. The income of the endowment is £120 per annum. The Bampton lectures consist of eight annual discourses, for ever, on one or more of the following themes: 1. The divine authority of the Scriptures. 2. Divinity of Christ and of the Holy Ghost. 3. The articles of the Christian faith as comprehended in the Apostles1 and the Nicene creeds. 4. The authority of the writings of the primitive fathers as to the faith and practice of the primitive church. 5. An essay to confirm the Christian faith, and confute all heretics and schismatics. One person is to be chosen annually, who is to deliver the annual course between the commencement of the last month in Lent term and the end of the third week in Act term. The lecturer is to be chosen by the heads of the colleges; he must have taken the degree of M. A. either from Oxford or Cambridge; is never to be chosen a second time; and the lectures are to be delivered in St. Mary's church. Within two months after the delivery of the lectures, 30 copies are to be printed for distribution to the universities, the mayor of Oxford, and the Bodleian library.
They are, however, generally published.