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Hooker in Historical Context

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/9780199216161.003.0002
Hooker in Historical Context

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Hooker's interpreters have sometimes taken inadequate account of the historical context out of which his work emerged, when attributing to him an authority that transcends time and culture. This chapter sets Hooker and his thought firmly within the context of the Elizabethan Church Settlement of 1559, the war of tracts and propaganda that it generated, and Hooker's dispute with Walter Travers. These events constituted the background to Hooker's principal work, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie, and are an essential part of its proper interpretation. The chapter proceeds to give an introduction to, and an overview of, the Lawes itself, providing a summary of its nature and content, and considers some of the ways in which the work has been interpreted in the past.

Keywords: Hooker; historical context; Elizabethan Church Settlement; tracts; Walter Travers; Lawes; introduction; overview

Chapter.  14304 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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