Moral Principles and Pastoral Practice

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:
Moral Principles and Pastoral Practice

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One of the important and distinctive features of Hooker's moral theology relates to his engagement with the tension that can exist between the general and the particular, specifically, within the context of the moral life, in the relationship between moral principles and pastoral practice. This chapter begins by giving an account of this motif within classical philosophy and Christian moral theology, most notably in the tradition of casuistry, as the background against which Hooker's engagement with this theme can be understood and interpreted. Hooker's account of the claims of the exceptional case in this context are distinctive, yet have been misinterpreted (and misappropriated) by some of his commentators. Among other factors, Hooker's pastoral awareness informs his recognition of the need for such cases.

Keywords: Hooker; moral principle; pastoral practice; classical philosophy; Christian moral theology; exceptional case; casuistry

Chapter.  8550 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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