Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham

16 June -- Commemoration
If celebrated as a Lesser Festival, Common of Teachers, page 473

Born in 1692 at Wantage in Berkshire, Joseph Butler was the son of Presbyterian parents and studied at the dissenting academy of Tewksbury. He abandoned Presbyterianism in 1714 for the Church of England and, after studying at Oxford, was ordained priest in 1718 and began preaching the sermons which won him his fine reputation. He became Bishop of Durham and now ranks among the greatest exponents of natural theology and ethics in England since the Reformation. He died on this day in 1752.