Richard Hooker and Reformed Orthodoxy

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Editor(s): 
W. Bradford Littlejohn, Scott N. Kindred-Barnes
  • Bristol, CT: 
    Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
    , March
     2017.
     355 pages.
     $99.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9783525552070.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

For more than forty years now there has been a steady stream of interest in Richard Hooker. This renaissance in Hooker Studies began with the publication of the Folger Library Edition of the Works of Richard Hooker. With this renaissance has come a growing recognition that it is anachronistic to classify Hooker simply as an Anglican thinker, but as yet, no generally agreed-upon alternative label, or context for his thought, has replaced this older conception; in particular, the question of Hooker's Reformed identity remains hotly contested. Given the relatively limited engagement of Hooker scholarship with other branches of Reformation and early modern scholarship to date, there is a growing recognition that Hooker must be evaluated not only against the context of English puritanism and conformism but also in light of his broad international Reformed context. At the same time, it has become clear that, if this is so, scholars of continental Reformed orthodoxy must take stock of Hooker's work as one of the landmark theological achievements of the era.This volume aims to facilitate this long-needed conversation, bringing together a wide range of scholars to consider Richard Hooker's theology within the full context of late 16th- and early 17th-century Reformed orthodoxy, both in England and on the Continent. The essays seek to bring Hooker into conversation not merely with contemporaries familiar to Hooker scholarship, such as William Perkins, but also with such contemporaries as Jerome Zanchi and Franciscus Junius, predecessors such as Heinrich Bullinger, and successors such as John Davenant, John Owen, and Hugo Grotius. In considering how these successors of Hooker identified themselves in relation to his theology, these essays will also shed light on how Hooker was perceived within 17th-century Reformed circles. The theological topics touched on in the course of these essays include such central issues as the doctrine of Scripture, predestination, Christology, soteriology, the sacraments, and law. It is hoped that these essays will continue to stimulate further research on these important questions among a wide community of scholars.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

W. Bradford Littlejohn is the President of the Davenant Trust and teaches at Moody Bible Institute. He is the author most recently of The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty (Eerdmans, 2017), as well as three other books and numerous articles and book chapters on Reformation theology and Christian ethics; his particular interest is in retrieving the legacy of the great English theologian and political theorist Richard Hooker.

 

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