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

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Finally filling the gap between specialist volumes and ‘companion texts’, Charles Miller's rigorous and well written exploration of the works and theology of Richard Hooker is a comprehensive and critical testament to one of the most important founders of Anglican thought

Miller introduces the main theological topics in Hooker’s writings and identifies his distinctive contribution to the emergence of Anglicanism via discussion of such themes as Hooker’s conception of God, of ...

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Overview

Finally filling the gap between specialist volumes and ‘companion texts’, Charles Miller's rigorous and well written exploration of the works and theology of Richard Hooker is a comprehensive and critical testament to one of the most important founders of Anglican thought

Miller introduces the main theological topics in Hooker’s writings and identifies his distinctive contribution to the emergence of Anglicanism via discussion of such themes as Hooker’s conception of God, of Mankind and of the place of Scripture in the Church. These discussions are deeply founded on Hooker's own works and Miller makes good use of the yet un-translated work L’Anglicanisme de Richard Hooker by Olivier Loyer, which has not been frequently cited in English language scholarship until now.

Richard Hooker and the Vision of God is a groundbreaking new text that serves as both an introduction to, and substantive analysis of, this hugely influential sixteenth-century theologian.

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Editorial Reviews

Churches Together in England - David Carter
‘[…] it is good to welcome this clearly written and thorough account and appraisal of Hooker’s work […]. This is a book I would commend warmly to all interested in Hooker’s legacy and its potential use in current ecumenical debate and relationships.’
Times Literary Supplement - David Grumett
‘Charles Miller presents what is essentially a more systematic and concise exposition of Hooker’s Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity than the author himself ever managed. […] [Hooker’s] own thought, substantial yet undogmatic, should be better known by Anglican clergy and ordinands. His teaching on the need to deploy reason in exposition of Scripture remains especially pertinent. Because Hooker wrote in paragraphs, not sentences, Miller’s guide, although descriptive, could spread understanding of his work effectively.’
International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church - Torrance Kirby
[A] splendid monograph on the theology of Richard Hooker and its relevance to the origins of Anglicanism […] This book is a veritable feast for the theologically hungry.
Reviews in Religion and Theology - Dustin Resch
Miller works extensively with the most recent and most influential scholarship in the field of Hooker studies and manages to do so while also providing his own take on Hooker’s theology as he describes it under each topic heading…Miller is to be commended for his clear and succinct summarises of both Hooker’s own writing and also of the secondary literature available by which to interpret Hooker…this work will prove to be a helpful reference point for new and continuing students of the ideas of Richard Hooker.
Fairacres Chronicle - Vincent Strudwick
This is a book of historical theology for which many of us have been waiting; for it both a model of meticulous academic research, and, through its structure, language and style, enlightening to the non-specialist reader…
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780227174005
  • Publisher: Clarke, James Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/25/2013
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Part 1
Introduction
Chapter 1 ‘That Glorious Beam of the English Church’
Chapter 2 ‘The Weight of this Requireth Largenesse’
Part 2
Chapter 3 ‘That Light which None Can Approach Unto’
Chapter 4 ‘The Noblest Creature in the World’
Chapter 5 ‘A Way Mystical and Supernatural’
Chapter 6 ‘Light, Life and Love Eternal’
Chapter 7 ‘Generative Force and Virtue’
Part 3
Chapter 8 - ‘The Sovereign Observance of God’s Grace’
Chapter 9 ‘Powerful Instruments of God’
Part 4
Chapter 10 ‘A Holy Rule of Doing Well’
Chapter 11 ‘The Science of Things Divine’
Chapter 12 ‘Our Good: Our Sovereign Good’
Chapter 13 ‘Our Desire to Behold God’
Part 5
Chapter 14 ‘That Visible Mystical Body’
Chapter 15 ‘The Public Ministry of Holy Things’: Christian Ministry.
Chapter 16 ‘The Laws by which We Live’: Political Theology.
Conclusion

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