George Arthur Buttrick

George Arthur Buttrick (March 23, 1892 – January 23, 1980) was an English-born, American-based Christian preacher, author and lecturer.[2][3][4]

George Arthur Buttrick
BornMarch 23, 1892
DiedJanuary 23, 1980[1]
Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
EducationVictoria University of Manchester
Occupation(s)Christian pastor
Christian author
Academic lecturer

Early life edit

Buttrick was born in Seaham Harbour, England on March 23, 1892.[4] He attended the Victoria University of Manchester and later emigrated to the United States.[4]

Career edit

Buttrick 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.[4]

In 1936, Buttrick officiated the marriage of Fred and Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, the parents of Donald Trump.[5]

Buttrick 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.[4] 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.[4] He later taught at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.[4] He also taught classes on preaching at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.[citation needed]

Buttrick was also Commentary Editor for The Interpreter's Bible, a twelve volume set of the Holy Scriptures, in the King James and Revised Standard Versions with general articles and introduction, exegesis and exposition, first published by Abingdon-Cokesbury Press in 1952.

Death and legacy edit

Buttrick died in 1980.[4] His son, David G. Buttrick (1927–2017), was a Presbyterian minister who later joined the United Church of Christ and became the Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics at the Vanderbilt University Divinity School.[6]

Frederick Buechner has often cited Buttrick as a central influence on his career, including his decision to become himself a Presbyterian minister. Buttrick's influence was also cited by Eugene Peterson, who was raised Pentecostal but became an intern at Madison Avenue during Buttrick's ministry and was inspired by his preaching.[7] In fact, according to Peterson's biographer [[Winn Collier]], both Buechner and Peterson were sitting in the pews of Madison Avenue Presbyterian that same year, having their shared epiphanies under Buttrick's preaching.[7]

Bibliography edit

  • 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)
  • Editor, Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, 4 vols (1962)
  • Christ and History (1963)
  • God, Pain, and Evil (1966)
  • The Beatitudes, A Contemporary Meditation (1968)
  • The Power of Prayer Today (1970)

References edit

  1. ^ "George Arthur Buttrick, 87, Dies; Presbyterian Pastor and Scholar". The New York Times. January 24, 1980. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  2. ^ Theodore Alexander Gill, To God be the glory: sermons in honor of George Arthur Buttrick, Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press, 1973, p. 11 [1]
  3. ^ Charles F. Kemp, Life-situation preaching, Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany Press, 1956, p. 184 [2]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h T. A. Prickett, The Story of Preaching, Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2011, pp. 80-81 [3]
  5. ^ Hannan, Martin (May 20, 2016). "An inconvenient truth? Donald Trump's Scottish mother was a low-earning migrant". The National. Glasgow, Scotland: Newsquest. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "David G. Buttrick". The Tennessean. April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  7. ^ a b A Burning in My Bones: The Authorized Biography of Eugene H. Peterson, Translator of The Message by Winn Collier, p. 72-75