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Butler, Joseph
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(May 18, 1692, Wantage, Berkshire – Jun 16, 1752, Bath) studied at Oriel College in Oxford and held many appointments in the Church of England (including bishop of Bristol, dean of St. Paul's, and bishop of Durham). His main works are: Fifteen Sermons Preached at the Rolls Chapel (1726) and The Analogy of Religion (1736). The latter became particularly important for the history of English theology, as it contained a – for its time – successful defense of Christian revelation and was used as a primer in the education of English ordinands for decades after his death. The Sermon…

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Byrne, Peter, “Butler, Joseph”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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