Richard Hooker and Reformed Orthodoxy

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Scott N. Kindred-Barnes, W. Bradford Littlejohn
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Mar 13, 2017 - Religion - 355 pages
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For more than forty years now there has been a steady stream of interest in Richard Hooker. This renaissance in Hooker Studies began with the publication of the Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker. With this renaissance has come a growing recognition that it is anachronistic to classify Hooker simply as an Anglican thinker, but as yet, no generally agreed-upon alternative label, or context for his thought, has replaced this older conception; in particular, the question of Hooker’s Reformed identity remains hotly contested. Given the relatively limited engagement of Hooker scholarship with other branches of Reformation and early modern scholarship to date, there is a growing recognition that Hooker must be evaluated not only against the context of English puritanism and conformism but also in light of his broad international Reformed context. At the same time, it has become clear that, if this is so, scholars of continental Reformed orthodoxy must take stock of Hooker’s work as one of the landmark theological achievements of the era.This volume aims to facilitate this long-needed conversation, bringing together a wide range of scholars to consider Richard Hooker’s theology within the full context of late 16th- and early 17th-century Reformed orthodoxy, both in England and on the Continent. The essays seek to bring Hooker into conversation not merely with contemporaries familiar to Hooker scholarship, such as William Perkins, but also with such contemporaries as Jerome Zanchi and Franciscus Junius, predecessors such as Heinrich Bullinger, and successors such as John Davenant, John Owen, and Hugo Grotius. In considering how these successors of Hooker identified themselves in relation to his theology, these essays will also shed light on how Hooker was perceived within 17th-century Reformed circles. The theological topics touched on in the course of these essays include such central issues as the doctrine of Scripture, predestination, Christology, soteriology, the sacraments, and law. It is hoped that these essays will continue to stimulate further research on these important questions among a wide community of scholars.

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Situating Richard Hooker
1 Richard Hooker adiaphora and the Defence of a Reformation via media
2 Richard Hooker and William Perkins Elizabethan Adversaries or Allies?
3 Hooker on Public Worship An Offering to the Wider Reformation
7 Richard Hooker Reformed Sermon Making and the Use of Scripture
8 Symbolizing with Idolaters George Gillespies Critique of Hookers Convenient Way
Richard Hooker in the Context of Reformed Orthodoxy
9 A Truth Infallible Richard Hooker and Reformed Orthodoxy on Autopistos
10 Cutting Through the Fog in the Channel Hooker Junius and a Reformed Theology of Law
11 Righteousness Imputed and Inherent Hookers soteriology in the context of 16th century continental Reformed theology
12 Richard Hooker and John Owen on Union with Christ
13 Richard Hooker and the Development of English Hypothetical Universalism

Hookers Theological and Pastoral Method
4 Hooker Scholasticism Thomism and Reformed Orthodoxy
5 Grace hath Use of Nature Richard Hooker and the Conversion of Reason
6 Practicing What He Preaches Richard Hooker as Practitioner of Loyal Opposition
14 Richard Hooker and Reformed Sacramental Theology
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John V. Fesko ist Dekan und Associate Professor für Systematische und Historische Theologie am Westminster Seminary California in Escondido/Kalifornien.

Dr. theol. Herman J. Selderhuis ist Professor für Kirchengeschichte an der Theologischen Universität Apeldoorn, Direktor von Refo500, Wissenschaftlicher Kurator der Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek sowie Präsident des Internationalen Calvinkongresses.

Prof. Dr. phil. theol. habil. Irene Dingel ist Direktorin des Leibniz-Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Abteilung für Abendländische Religionsgeschichte, Mainz.

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