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The Evolving Reputation of Richard Hooker
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The Evolving Reputation of Richard Hooker: An Examination of Responses, 1600-1714

Michael Brydon

Abstract

Richard Hooker has long been viewed as the first systematic defender of Anglicanism, as a via media between Roman Catholicism and Reformed Protestantism. In the last twenty years, this traditional assumption has been increasingly challenged, and it has been argued that Hooker was a Reformed figure whose Anglican credentials are the invention of the Oxford Movement. Whilst the theological ambiguity of Hooker remains perplexing, this study makes clear that the 17th and not the 19th century was responsible for the creation of his reputation as a leading Anglican father. It is argued that Hooker’s ... More

Keywords: Anglican, Catholic, Church, Richard Hooker, Polity, nonconformist, original compact, Prayer Book, reformed, Isaac Walton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199204816
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199204816.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Brydon, author
Assistant Curate of St Peter's, Bexhill-on-Sea