William Ralph IngeWilliam Ralph Inge
(June 6 1860
- February 26 1954
) was an English
author, Anglican prelate
and professor of divinity
He was born at Crayke, Yorkshire, England. His father was William Inge (a provost at Worcester College, Oxford) and his mother Susanna (Churton) Inge. His mother's father was the archdeacon of Cleveland.
W. R. Inge was educated at Eton College and at King's College, Cambridge.
He was a tutor at Hertford College, Oxford from 1888.
In 1907 he became a professor of divinity at Jesus College, Cambridge, holding the Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity chair.
He was a columnist for 25 years (1921 - 1946) at Evening Standard.
He was a trustee of London's National Portrait Gallery from 1921 until 1951.
In 1888 he was ordained a deacon.
In 1911 he became the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, chosen by the Prime Minister Asquith. He retired in 1934.
He wrote several books on Mysticism.
- "Christian Mysticism", 1899
- "Light, Life and Love" (Selections from the German Mystics of the Middle Ages), 1904 (currently in the public domain, Project Gutenberg Release #4664 November 2003, available online from  and )
- "Truth and Falsehood in Religion", 1906
- "The Philosophy of Plotinus: The Gifford Lectures at St. Andrews", 1917 - 1918. ISBN 1592442846 (softcover), ISBN 0837101131 (hardcover)
- "Outspoken Essays", 1919 - 1922
- "Personal Idealism and Mysticism", 1924. ISBN 0766103285
- "Lay Thoughts of a Dean", 1926
- "The Platonic tradition in English religious thought". ASIN 0841450552
- "Lay thoughts of a dean". ASIN 0836924037
- "The Victorian age". ASIN 0848211510
- "Mysticism in Religion". ISBN 0837189535
- "Science and ultimate truth". ASIN 0848211545
- "Our present discontents". ASIN 0836928466
- "Christian ethics and modern problems". ASIN 0837139600
- "A pacifist in trouble". ASIN 0836921925
- "Talks in a free country". ASIN 0836927745
His wife was Mary Catharine Inge (née Spooner), daughter of Henry Maxwell Spooner. She died in 1949. See Portraits of Mary Catharine Inge.
He was nicknamed The Gloomy Dean because of his pessimistic views on his Evening Standard articles.
He was a supporter of animal rights.
The staff of the Brown University Library () withdrew two W. R. Inge's books in November 2002:
- The philosophy of Plotinus; the Gifford lectures at St. Andrews, 1917-1918, by William Ralph Inge, volume 1, published by Longmans, Green and Co., 1929, 1 copy.
- The philosophy of Plotinus; the Gifford lectures at St. Andrews, 1917-1918, by William Ralph Inge, volume 2, published by Longmans, Green and Co., 1929, 1 copy.