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This bibliography lists materials which are specifically about William Paley. 

An extensive list of material relating to the broader context of Paley’s life and writings will be added shortly.


Barker, E. ‘Paley and his Political Philosophy’, Traditions of Civility. Eight Essays. Cambridge, 1948.

Brooke, JH. ‘Natural theology in Britain form Boyle to Paley’. New Interactions between theology and natural science. JH Brooke, R Hookyaas (eds).  Milton Keynes, 1974, pp 5-54.

Burbridge, D. ‘William Paley confronts Erasmus Darwin: Natural Theology and Evolutionism in the Eighteenth Century’, Science and Christian Belief, 10: 1 (April 1998), pp 49-71.

Clarke, ML. Paley. Evidences for the Man.  London and Toronto, 1974.

Cole, G. ‘Doctrine, Dissent and the Decline of Paley's reputation, 1805-25’. Enlightenment and Dissent, 6 (1987), pp 119-30.

Cole, G. ‘A note on Paley and his school - Was Sir Leslie Stephen mistaken?’. Tyndale Bulletin, 38 (1987), pp 151-6.

Cole, G. ‘Discovering God's Will:  Paley's Problem with Special Reference to the Christian Sabbath’. Tyndale Bulletin, 39 (1988), pp 125-39.

Cole, G. ‘Ethics and eschatology- Paley’s system reconsidered’, The Reformed Theological Journal, 47: 2 (May-Aug, 1988), pp 33-43

Cole, G. ‘Theological Utilitarianism and the Eclipse of the Theistic Sanction,’ Tyndale Bulletin, 42 (1991), pp 226-44.

Cole, G. ‘Paley and the Myth of “Classical Anglicanism”’, The Reformed Theological Review, 54: 3 (Sep-Dec, 1995), pp 97 - 109.

Cole, G. ‘“Who can refute a sneer?”  Paley on Gibbon’, Tyndale Bulletin, 49 (1998), pp 57-70.

Crimmins, JE. 'Religion, Utility and Politics: Bentham versus Paley', Religion, Secularisation and Political Thought. JE Crimmins (ed).  London and New York, 1990, pp 130-52.

Ditchfield, GM. 'The Subscription Issue in British Parliamentary Politicis, 1772-79', Parliamentary History, vol 7, pt 1 (1988), pp 45-80

Dixon, RW. ‘The Chapter Library of Carlisle’ Transactions of the Cumberland & Westmoreland Archaeological and Antiquarian Society (o.s.), 2 (1876), pp 312-36.

Emerton, N. ‘The argument from design in early modern natural theology’, Science and Christian Belief, 1 (1989), pp 129-47.

Francis, Mark. ‘Naturalism and William Paley’, History of European Ideas, 10: 2 (1989), pp 203-30

Fuchs, M. ‘Violence of a meek divine’, Cycnos, 6 (1990), p 77-85.

Fyfe, A. ‘The reception of William Paley's Natural Theology in the University of Cambridge’. British Journal for the History of Science, 30 (1997), pp 321-335

Hitchin,NW. ‘Probability and the Word of God: William Paley’s Anglican Method and the Defence of the Scriptures’, Anglican Theological Review, 77: 3 (Summer, 1995), pp 392-407.

Hitchin, NW. ‘Latitudinarian Spirituality. Doctrine and Devotion in the Writings of William Paley’ (unpublished Norrisian prize essay, Cambridge,1999).

Hitchin, NW. ‘The Life and Thought of William Paley (1743-1805) (PhD thesis, Cambridge, 2001) [contact the editor if you wish to have an electronic copy of this thesis].

Horne, T. ‘“The Poor have a claim founded in the law of nature”: William Paley and the rights of the poor’, Journal of the History of Philosophy, 23 (1985), pp 51-70.

Keynes, JM. ‘Mary Paley Marshall’, Essays in Biography, Collected Writings of JM Keynes, vol 10. London and Basingstoke, 1972, pp 232-50.

LeMahieu, DL.  The Mind of William Paley. Lincoln, Nebraska, 1974.

Schofield, TP. ‘A comparison of the moral theories of William Paley and Jeremy Bentham’, The Bentham Newsletter 11 (1987), pp 4-22.

Sweet, W. ‘Paley, Whately, and “Enlightenment Evidentialism”’. International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion, 45:3 (1999), pp 143-66.

Waterman, AMC. ‘A Cambridge via media in late Georgian Anglicanism’ (Journal of the History of Ideas, 42:3 (July, 1991), pp 419-36.

Waterman, AMC. ‘The ideological alliance of political economy and Christian theology, 1798-1833’. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 34: 2 (April, 1983), pp 231-44.

Waterman, AMC. ‘Why William Paley was ‘the first of the Cambridge Economists’, Cambridge Journal of Economics, 20 (1996), pp 673-86.