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:

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The concluding chapter returns to the key questions posed in Chapter 1: how should we judge Hooker as a moral theologian? To what extent are the claims that have been made of him justified? What kind of authority might he appropriately have for modern Anglicans? Many of the conventional assumptions about the nature of Hooker's contribution to the formation of Anglicanism are no longer tenable. Hooker's contribution to Anglican moral theology is very significant, but in the informal sense that he introduces a number of insights and motifs, some of which were taken up and developed by subsequent writers; he did not synthesize an approach to moral theology as such. However, certain features of his work, particularly his theological anthropology, his interpretation of scripture, and his account of the law of reason and the claims of the exceptional case, remain both distinctive and of potential relevance to modern ethical debate.

Keywords: Hooker; moral theology; Anglican; law of reason; authority; scripture; anthropology

Chapter.  5301 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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