Joseph Butler is best known for his contributions to religious philosophy and Christian apologetics. His profound spiritual insight coupled with his vast knowledge of earthly wisdom helped him grapple with the complex philosophical issues of his time. He explored questions of human nature and morality, using them as a basis for establishing our apparent design. A well-known Anglican preacher, Butler laid the foundation for William Paley’s watchmaker analogy.
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The design of the Bishop in this work . . . may justly be styled one of the noblest offsprings of the human mind . . .
—Baptist Magazine and Literary Review
. . . the most profound and unanswerable dissertation on natural and revealed religion, in human language.
—The Merchant’s Magazine and Commercial Review
I have derived greater aid from the views and reasonings of Bishop Butler, than I have been able to find besides in the whole range of our extant authorship.
—Dr. Thomas Chalmers, minister, professor of theology, economist, and a leader of the Church of Scotland
The most original and profound work extant in any language on the philosophy of religion.
—Sir James Mackintosh, Scottish jurist, politician, historian, judge, professor and politician
The most argumentative and philosophical defense of Christianity ever submitted to the world.
—Lord Henry Brougham, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain and founder of the Edinburgh Review
Joseph Butler (1692–1752) was an English bishop, theologian, apologist, and philosopher. He was highly influential to philosophers, including David Hume, Thomas Reid, and Adam Smith. In 1736 Butler became the head chaplain of Queen Caroline. He is praised as an excellent man and church leader.
William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898) served four separate terms as Prime Minister of Britain. He was educated at Eton College before attending Christ Church at Oxford. As president of the Oxford Union debating society, he gained a reputation for his public speaking skills. Throughout his lifetime, Gladstone published over 100 works, including many contributions to religious literature. His first book was The State in its Relations with the Church. His supporters referred to him as “The People’s William” and “Grand Old Man.”