Joseph Butler
b. May 18, 1692 – d. June 16, 1752 • Apologist • Bishop • Philosopher • Theologian
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Butler, Joseph
Butler, Joseph (1692–1752), Bp. of *Durham. A native of Wantage, Oxon, and the son of *Presbyterian parents, he studied at the dissenting academy at Tewkesbury, where T. *Secker was his fellow-student. At an early age he entered into a correspondence with S. *Clarke on his ‘Boyle Lectures’ which revealed
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Butler, Joseph
Butler, Joseph. Joseph Butler (1692–1753) was an important eighteenth-century English apologis. (see Apologetics, Need for). Though he came from a Presbyterian family, Butler was ordained in the Church of England in 1718, after attending Oxford University. He eventually became bishop of Durham.Although
The Dictionary of Historical Theology
Butler, Joseph (1692–1752)
Butler, Joseph (1692–1752)Joseph Butler was born in Wantage, Oxfordshire, on 18 May 1792, the youngest of eight children. His father was a reasonably affluent, retired draper, a keen and devout Presbyterian. Butler was educated first under an Anglican headmaster at Wantage and then at the Dissenting
The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians
Butler, Joseph
Butler, Joseph (1692–1752). Theologian who occupied high positions in the Church of England, and who in 1747 refused to accept the archbishopric of Canterbury. His theological work centered on the refutation of Deism, as is evident in his most famous work, The Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed,
The Thiselton Companion to Christian Theology
Butler, Joseph
Butler, JosephJoseph Butler (1692–1752) was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, and became bishop of Bristol and bishop of Durham. In 1736 he published his famous work The Analogy of Religion, which was a work of apologetics largely aimed at Deism. He also attacked the work of Thomas Hobbes. He argued
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Butler, Joseph
Butler, Joseph (1692–1752). Butler enjoyed high positions in English church and state. Living during the “golden age of English deism,” he sought to cut the ground from under deistic opponents. His great literary effort to that end was The Analogy of Religion, Natural and Revealed, to the Constitution
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
Butler, Joseph (1692–1752)
BUTLER, JOSEPH (1692–1752)Bishop Butler, ‘the philosopher of Anglicanism’, was outstanding in his century as a religious *apologist and moral philosopher. His Analogy of Religion constituted the most successful published refutation of *deism. In it, Butler argued that, granted that God is the author
Who’s Who in Christian History
Butler, Joseph
Butler, Joseph (1692–1752)English philospher and Anglican bishopBorn at Wantage in Berkshire and intended by his father for the Presbyterian ministry, Butler attended a Dissenting Academy at Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, run by Samuel Jones. He decided to become a member of the Church of England and