George Burman Foster


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George Burman Foster was born on 2 April 1857 in Alderson, Monroe County, in Virginia (now West Virginia). Foster attended Shelton College in West Virginia, and was ordained to the Baptist ministry in 1879 when he graduated. He received the BA and MA degrees at West Virginia University in 1883 and 1884. In 1884 he married Mary Lyon, whose father, Franklin Smith Lyon, was professor of English, Vice President, and later Acting President at West Virginia. After graduating with a divinity degree from Rochester Theological Seminary in 1887, Foster became pastor of the First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs, New York. Reputed as he was among Baptists as a skillful preacher and intellectual prodigy, two new Baptist universities sought him for their faculties. McMaster University in Toronto financed his study in Germany at Göttingen and Berlin during 1891–2, after which he joined its faculty to teach philosophy, psychology, and logic. Denison University also conferred the PhD degree on Foster. At the same time, William Rainey Harper, President of the University of Chicago, sought him for the faculty of its Divinity School. Foster did move to Chicago to join the Chicago Divinity School in 1895 and rose to the position of professor of systematic theology. He was made professor of philosophy of religion in 1905, and he held this position until his death on 22 December 1918 in Chicago, Illinois.


From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.

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