Hooker on the Nature and Authority of Scripture

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:
Hooker on the Nature and Authority of Scripture

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This chapter provides a detailed description and analysis of Hooker's understanding of biblical authority, demonstrating its sophistication, subtlety, and originality. Hooker regards scripture as divinely inspired, but he is nuanced in the nature and range of the authority that he ascribes to it. Among other factors, his discussion takes account of literal versus metaphorical readings of scripture, problems relating to translation and questions of genre, the role of human agency in shaping the text, its historical context, and the aspects of human life to which it does and does not speak with timeless authority. The chapter then focuses upon scripture in relation to moral theology. At times Hooker employs scripture to exemplify moral categories that are themselves drawn primarily from the law of reason; to that extent it can be argued that scripture is essentially ancillary to the latter in his account.

Keywords: Hooker; scripture; biblical; authority; moral theology; genre; law of reason

Chapter.  23261 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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