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Hooker's Thinking in 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216161.003.0008
Hooker's Thinking in Practice

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This chapter considers Hooker's thinking and mode of argumentation in relation to a specific subject, which itself encompasses not merely moral, but legal, theological, and liturgical considerations: holy matrimony. Set against an account of the marriage practices and liturgies of the Reformation (and noting the ways in which the English Church departed from the practices of the Continental Reformation), a detailed analysis is given of the case that Hooker presents in his defence of the marriage rite of the Book of Common Prayer. The arguments that he presents reveal the extent to which he is ready to weave together a wide range of factors and considerations, ranging from scriptural warrant to pagan practice, with some surprising and, at times, potentially radical implications.

Keywords: Hooker; holy matrimony; marriage; liturgical; moral; Reformation; Book of Common Prayer; scripture

Chapter.  9629 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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