HOOKER, Richard
(1554 - 1600)

Anglican theologian, who first set out in systematic form, an account of the theology and governance of the Church of England, in Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1594). In part reflecting his legal training, this includes extensive consideration of the relationships between natural, civil, ecclesial and divine law. In the course of this, the room for Puritan theological challenge to the established social order, in or out of church, is largely eliminated, although in most other respects the threefold balance of the Anglican tradition Bible, church and reason is affirmed in its openness.

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