Nebraska Authors

J. Donald Butler

Born 1908-04-08 Ewing, NE (USA)

Died 1994-09-20
Princeton, NJ (USA)

J. Donald Butler was considered to be one of the leading Christian educators of the twentieth century.

Places Lived

Ewing, NE
Omaha, NE
McLean, NE
New York, NY
Princeton, NJ
Austin, TX
St. Paul, MN

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Religion; Religious Education


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1929, University of Omaha, Omaha, NE
Master's Degree in Religious Education, 1933, New York Theological Seminary, New York, NY
Ph.D., 1937, New York University, New York, NY


Ordained Minister of United Presbyterian Church
Superintendent of Schools, McLean, NE
Civilian War Services Advisor
Associate Pastor
Instructor of Education, New York University
Associate Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Acting Dean, Princeton Theological Seminary
Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Professor, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Professor, Macalester College

Places Worked

McLean Public Schools, McLean, NE
United States Office of Civilian Defense, Washington, D.C.
New York University, New York, NY
Second Presbyterian Church of Jersey City, NJ
Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX
Macalester College, St Paul, MN


James Wallace Professor of Religion, Macalester College


Philosophy of Education Society, President, 1963
Religious Education Association
American Philosophical Association
Association of Seminary Professors in the Practical Fields
Comparative Education Society
Phi Delta Kappa
Council of Community Services, Princeton, NJ
Board of Education, Princeton, NJ
Princeton Planning Board, Princeton, NJ


Four Philosophies and Their Practice in Education and Religion. 1951.
Religious Education: The Foundations and Practice of Nurture. 1962.
Idealism in Education. 1965.

Contributor to religious and educational journals.

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