B. G. Mitchell's Principal Writings


I957 Faith and Logic (editor), George Allen and Unwin. Introduction, pp. 1-8; 'The Grace of God', pp. 149-75.

1967 Law, Morality, and Religion in a Secular Sociey, Oxford University Press.

1971 The Philosophy of Religion (editor), Oxford Readings in Philosophy, Oxford University Press. Introduction, pp. 1-12; 'Theology and Falsification', pp. 18-20.

I973 Thejustification of Religious Belief, Macmillan.

1980 Morality: Religious and Secular, Oxford University Press.

1990 How to Play Theological Ping Pong, edd. William J. Abraham and Robert W. Prevost, Hodder & Stoughton.

1994 Faith and Criticism, Oxford University Press.

2003 An Engagement with Plato's Republic, Aldershot (Ashgate). (See )

2009 Looking Back on Faith: philosophy and friends in Oxford, The Memoir Club, Durham, DH7 9XB, IBSN: 978-1-84104-203-9, GBP19.95


1955 `Theology and Falsification' in New Essays in Philosophical Theology, ed. Antony Flew and Alasdair Maclntyre, SCM pp. 103-5.

1968 `Ideals, Roles and Rules' in Norm and Context in Christian Ethics, ed. Gene H. Outka and Paul Ramsey, Scribner`s, pp. 351 -65.

1969 `The Justification of Religious Belief' in New Essays on Religious Language, ed. Dallas M. High, Oxford University Press, New York.

1969 `The Historical Approach to Ethics, especially those of Christianity' in Biology and Ethics, ed. F. J. Ebeling, Academic Press.

1970 `Austin Marsden Farrer' in A Celebration of Faith, Sermons by Austin Farrer, ed. Leslie Houlden, Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 13-16.

1970 `Indoctrination', appendix B in The Fourth R, Report of the Commission on Religious Education in Schools, ed. I.T. Ramsey, SPCK, pp. 353-8.

1970 `Law and the Protection of Institutions' in The Proper Study, Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures 1969/70, Macmillan, pp. 204-I9.

1971 `Some Philosophical Comments: Man's Citadel and Man's Interests', a dialogue with R. M. Hare in Personality and Science, ed. I.T. Ramsey and Ruth Porter, Churchill Livingstone, pp. 93-101.

1977 `Remarks on the Groundlessness of Belief' in Reason and Religion, ed. Stuart C. Brown, Cornell University Press, pp. 181-5.

1981 `A Summing Up of the Colloquy: Myth of God Debate' in Incarnation and Myth, ed. Michael Goulder, SCM, pp. 231-40.

1981 `I Believe: We Believe' in Believing in the Church, Report of the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England, SPCK., pp. 9-24.

1983 `Two Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion' in For God and Clarity, New Essays in Honor of Austin Farrer, ed. Jeffrey C. Eaton and Ann Loades, Pickwick Publications, pp. 177-90.

1983 `The Church and the Bomb' in Unholy Warfare, ed. David Martin and Peter Mullen, Basil Blackwell, pp. 172-9.

1985 `The Role of Theology in Bioethics' in Theology and Bioethics, ed. Earl E. Shelp, Reidel, pp. 65-78.

1986 `Morality, Legal Enforcement of' in A New Dictionary of Christian Ethics, edd, John Macquarric and James Childress, SCM Press.

1987 `Being Religiously Educated' in Faith for the Future, ed. Joanna Yates, National Society and Church House Publishing

1987 `Philosophy and Theology' in The Philosophical Assessment of Theology, ed. Gerard J. Hughes, Search Press/Georgetown.

1990 `Newman as a Philosopher' in Newman After a Hundred Years, edd. lan Ker and Alan G. Hill, Oxford University Press.

1990 `The Value of Human Life' in Medicine, Medical Ethics and the Value of Life, ed. Peter Byme, John Wiley & Sons.

1990 `Reflections on C.S. Lewis, apologetics and the moral tradition' in A Christian for All Christians, edd. Andrew Walker and James Patrick, Hodder & Stoughton.

1990 `The Christian Conscience' in The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity, ed. John McManners, Oxford University Press.

1991 `Can Christian Ethics be Creative?' in The Weight of Glory, edd. D.W. Hardy and P.H. Sedgwick, T, &. T. Clark.

1992 `Butler as a Christian Apologist' in Joseph Butler's Moral and Religious Thought, ed. Christopher Cunliffe, Oxford University Press.

1993 `Revelation Revisited' in The Making and Remaking of Christian Doctrine, edd. Sarah Coakley and David Pailin, Oxford University Press.

1993 `War and Friendship' in Philosophers Who Believe, ed. Kelly James Clark, InterVarsity Press.

1994 `Faith and the Limitations of Open-mindedness' in Faith, Scepticism and Personal Identity, edd. J.J. Maclntosh and H.A. Meynell, University of Calgary Press.

1996 `Postscript: Conservation and Criticism' in Christian Theology and Religious Education, edd. Jeff Astley and Leslie J. Francis, SPCK.

1997 `Tradition' in A Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, edd. Philip L. Quinn and Charles Taliaferro, Blackwell.


1957 `Varieties of Imperative', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, supplementary volume 31, pp. 175-90.

1961 `The Justification of Religious Belief', Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 2; reprinted in New Essays on Religious Language, ed. Dallas M. High, Oxford University Press, New York, 1979, pp. 178-97.

1964 `Theology and Metaphysics', Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Vol. 20, no.1, pp. 9-19.

1967 'What philosophical problems arise from belief in the Resurrection', Theology, pp. 110-14.

1968 Neutraliy and Commitment, Inaugural Lecture, Oxford University Press.

1976 `Reason and Commitment in the Academic Vocation', Oxford Review of Education, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 101-9.

1977 `Authority in Belief', New Fire, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 260-3.

1979 `Religion and Truth', New Universities Quarterly, Autumn 1979, pp. 459-71.

1979 `Traditionaliste Malgre' Lui', A Note on Maurice Wiles, Theology, pp. 31-8.

1980 `"Does Christianity Need a Revelation?", a Discussion with Maurice Wiles', Theology, pp. 103-14.

1980 `The Homosexuality Report', Theology, pp. 184-90.

1980 `Faith and Reason: A False Antithesis?', Religious Studies, vol 16, pp. 131-44.

1980 `Religious Education', Oxford Review of Education, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 133-9.

1983 `Austin Farrer the Philosopher', New Fire, vol. 7, no. 57, PP. 452-6.

1984 `How is the Concept of Sin related to the Concept of Moral Wrongdoing?', Religious Studies, vol. 20, pp. 165-73.

1985 `Review article: Warnock', The Modern Churchman, vol. 27, no. 3 pp. 43-9.

1987 `The Sin of Pride', Theology, 425-30.

1989 `Why Social Policy Cannot Be Morally Neutral', Social Affairs Unit.

1995 `Is theology rational?, University of East Anglia Papers in Philosophy.

1996 `Something to Celebrate', Theology, 351-6.

An Advent Sermon preached in Wootton on December 1st, 1996

An Engagement with Plato's Republic, Aldershot (Ashgate), forthcoming. (See home page)

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