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Introduction

A. J. Joyce

in Richard Hooker and Anglican Moral Theology

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199216161
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739248 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216161.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter surveys and critically evaluates the various ways in which Hooker's influence upon both the Anglican tradition of moral theology and Anglicanism in general has been interpreted. It argues that the precise nature of Hooker's significance has often been assumed rather than demonstrated, and reveals the ways in which his work has sometimes been misappropriated by those seeking to claim his authority in support of their own perspectives. An overview is provided of the principal subject areas that are explored in subsequent chapters, and a rationale given for their selection. They include an account of Hooker's historical context, prose style, theological anthropology, use of scripture, and his understanding of the nature of the moral life. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between moral principle and pastoral practice and his handling of one specific theme: holy matrimony.

Keywords: Hooker; moral theology; Anglican; Anglicanism; tradition; authority; misappropriation

Chapter.  7573 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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