Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Richard Hooker and the Vision of God: Exploring the Origins of "Anglicanism"

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Richard Hooker and the Vision of God: Exploring the Origins of "Anglicanism"

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Richard Hooker and the Vision of God: Exploring the Origins of "Anglicanism." By Charles Miller (Cambridge, England: James Clarke & Co., 2013, Pp. 349. £25.00.)

Richard Hooker (1553 or 1554-1600) is both a renowned and largely unread figure in Anglican history. Where does he fit? What can a modern reader make of him? These are questions Charles Müller, a priest of the Diocese of Oxford and teacher of theology, sets out to answer in this comprehensive work that took over a decade to research and write. A fifty- not fity appendix of selections from Hooker's works is a valuable addition to the book, for Hooker is not an easy read. He was at his most enthusiastic, nuanced, and detailed in response to hotly disputed issues of the late sixteenth century, such as justifying and sanctifying grace, faith and works, penitential days and seasons, episcopal ministry, and the monarch, as "Head" of the Church.

Born in Exeter in a family of means, Hooker was sent to Corpus Christi College, Oxford, at age fifteen. His years as a student and tutor were from 1569 to 1583, and he was ordained in 1581. After Oxford, he moved to London and was invited to preach at St. Paul's Cross, near St. Paul's Cathedral, a prestigious opportunity to preach in the country's most famous pulpit. He also was appointed master of the Temple, the leading lawyer's church, where he entered into a prolonged duel of sermons with the Puritan apologist, Walter Travers. In 1591 Hooker received an appointment to the Salisbury diocese that both gave him time to write and provided for his growing family. …

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