Walter Robert Matthews was born in London on 22 September 1881 and died there on 5 December 1973. He was educated at Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell and King's College London. A DD and DLitt of London University, he held a number of honorary doctorates and civil honours. Following brief church appointments he became lecturer in philosophy of religion at King's (1908–18) and in dogmatic theology (1909–18), and then Dean and Professor of Philosophy of Religion (1918–32). He was Dean of Exeter (1931–4) and of St Paul's Cathedral (1934–67). He held a number of prestigious lectureships and published widely on philosophical and theological subjects. Throughout his writings, whether formal treatises, sermons or popular broadcast talks, there runs the conviction that the Christian faith is grounded in reason.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.