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William Paley (1743–1805)

Paley, William. A distinguished English theological writer; born at Peterborough, 1743; died on May 25, 1805. He was appointed archdeacon of Carlisle, 1782; prebendary of St. Paul’s London, 1794; dean of Lincoln, 1795. His principal writings are: ‘Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy’ (1785); ‘Horæ Paulinæ; or, The Truth of the Scripture History of St. Paul Evinced,’ etc. (1791); ‘View of the Evidences of Christianity’ (1794), his most celebrated work; ‘Natural Theology; or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity Collected from the Appearances of Nature’ (1802), in some respects the most remarkable of all his writings.