The essays in this book mark the tercentenary of the birth of Bishop Joseph Butler, the leading theologian of the Church of England in the 18th century and also an important moral philosopher. Thirteen distinguished contributors cover the full range of Butler's theological and philosophical writings--from his Christian apologetic against the deists to his discussion of the role of conscience in the moral agent--as well as setting them in their historical context and suggesting their relevance to contemporary religious and philosophical issues. At a time when there is a renewed interest in Butler's thought as well as in the theological positions he was opposing, it is both timely and appropriate that these detailed studies should not be made available. The Bishop of Durham has written a Foreword introducing the volume.
`Fourteen erudite, closely argued, and interconnected essays by an international array of authors ... this collection deserves the attention of philosophers of religion, moral philosophers, moral theologians, and historians.'
Religious Studies Review, Vol 19, No 4, October 1993
`We must be grateful to Christopher Cunliffe for assembling and editing this collection of 14 carefully researched and closely argued essays, all of which in their different ways contribute to a fresh appreciation of Butler's stature as philosopher and theologian.'
Peter Baelz, Church Times
'Christopher Cunliffe's contribution to the volume he has edited to mark the tercentenary of Butler's birth ... has done a good and sensible job of giving an account of his life and personality ... The overall impression that the book inevitably creates is that Butler must be the most impressive thinker that the Church of England has ever produced.'
Peter Hinchliff, The Expository Times, March 1993, Volume 104 Number 6
'everyone interested in eighteenth-century British moral and religious thought will welcome this fine collection of essays'
Gerald P. McKenny, Rice University, The Journal of Religion, Vol. 74, No. 2, April 1994
'We have here an impressive set of essays from thirteen contributors from Italy, England, Canada and the United States, all by authors with obvious credentials on the individual subjects treated.
Kenneth L Campbell, Albion Vol 25, No 3, Fall 1993
'the collection of essays is essential to any interested in Butler's legacy, or in 18th century Anglican theology, and will be useful to all concerned with moral philosophy.'
Stephen J Plant, Theological Book Review, Vol 6, No 2, February 1994
`This book ... confirms Butler's continued intriguing appeal. It has encouraged this reviewer to re-read Butler's Analogy and Sermons. And surely this is also the right starting point for any interest in Butler's thought.'