Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Politie

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By R. Hooker, a philosophical and theological treatise of which four books appeared in 1593, the fifth in 1597. The sixth and eighth appeared in 1648, the seventh was first included in Gauden's edition of 1661–2. These last three books, as we have them, do not represent work prepared by Hooker for the press. The whole was reissued with a life of Hooker by I. Walton in 1666.

The work is a defence, written in a dignified and harmonious prose, of the position of the Anglican Church against the attacks of the Puritans. The principal characteristics of the work are its breadth of outlook and tolerant spirit, and its advocacy of intellectual liberty against the dogmatism of Calvin and the ecclesiastical despotism recommended in the Admonition to Parliament, a statement of the Puritan case by John Field and Thomas Wilcox (1572).

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