William Paley(1743-1805), Theological writer
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William Paley graduated from Christ's Church, Cambridge, in 1763. He was ordained into the Church of England in 1765 and following year was appointed as a Fellow and Tutor of his college. In 1782, he was made Archdeacon of Carlisle and later became a Canon of St. Paul's. Paley is remembered as a theologian and moralist. His most important works were The Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy (1785), A View of the Evidence of Christianity(1794), which was required reading for entrance to Cambridge until the twentieth century, and Natural Theology (1802). In Natural Theology, he famously used the analogy of a watchmaker to argue for the existence of God.
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