George Arthur Buttrick

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George Arthur Buttrick
Dr. George Arthur Buttrick about 1922.jpg
Born March 23, 1892
Seaham Harbour, England
Died January 1980
Louisville, Kentucky
Nationality English
Education Victoria University of Manchester
Occupation Christian pastor
Christian author
Academic lecturer

George Arthur Buttrick (1892–1980) was an English-born, American-based Christian preacher, author and lecturer.[1][2][3]


Early life[edit]

Buttrick was born in Seaham Harbour, England on March 23, 1892.[3] He attended the Victoria University of Manchester and later emigrated to the United States.[3]


He served as a pastor in Quincy, Illinois, Rutland, Vermont, Buffalo, New York, and in 1927 he succeeded Henry Sloane Coffin as minister of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City.[3]

He gave a lecture series at Yale University. From 1955 to 1960 he was Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Preacher to the University at Harvard University.[3] He was then a guest professor at the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and went on to teach at Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois.[3] He later taught at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.[3]


He died in 1980.[3]


Buttrick Hall

Buttrick Hall on the campus of Vanderbilt University in Nashville is named in his honor.[4][5]


  • Parables of Jesus (1928)
  • Jesus Came Preaching: Christian Preaching in the New Age (1931)
  • Christian Fact and Modern Doubt (1934)
  • Prayer (1942)
  • Christ and Man's Dilemma (1946)
  • So We Believe, So We Pray (1951)
  • Faith and Education (1952)
  • Sermons Preached in a University Church (1959)
  • Biblical Thought and the Secular University (1960)
  • Christ and History (1963)
  • God, Pain, and Evil (1966)
  • The Beatitudes, A Contemporary Meditation (1968)
  • The Power of Prayer Today (1970)


  1. ^ Theodore Alexander Gill, To God be the glory: sermons in honor of George Arthur Buttrick, Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 1973, p. 11 [1]
  2. ^ Charles F. Kemp, Life-situation preaching, Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany Press, 1956, p. 184 [2]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h T. A. Prickett, The Story of Preaching, Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2011, pp. 80-81 [3]
  4. ^ Vanderbilt University map Archived 2010-12-24 at WebCite
  5. ^ Vanderbilt University: Buttrick Hall