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Robert Watts

(1820—1895) minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and theological writer


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Robert Watts was born into a Presbyterian family in Moneylane, near Castlewellan, County Down on 10 July 1820 and died in Belfast on 26 July 1895. He received his education at the parish school in Kilmegan, County Down, and at the Royal Academical Institution in Belfast. In 1848 he went to America, and continued his education at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia and at Princeton. He was ordained pastor to a congregation in Philadelphia in 1853. In 1866 he was elected to the Chair of Systematic Theology at the General Assembly's College in Belfast. His contribution to philosophical thought is to be found in his essays on theological and related questions, collected and published in 1888 under the title, The Reign of Causality. One of his main concerns in these essays is with the relationship between religion and science.

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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