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Richard Hooker and Anglican Moral Theology$
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A.J. Joyce

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216161

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216161.001.0001

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Hooker's Theological Anthropology

Hooker's Theological Anthropology

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Richard Hooker and Anglican Moral Theology

A. J. Joyce

Oxford University Press

Hooker's understanding of the nature of human beings and the circumstances in which they flourish is integral to his understanding of the moral life, although it has been variously interpreted. This chapter begins by contrasting the traditional approach to Hooker's theological anthropology (exemplified in the work of J. F. H. New) with more recent attempts to align his account with that of the magisterial reformers. A critique is offered of both approaches. Hooker's theological anthropology owes much to Thomism (most notably in his account of the ‘heirarchy of being’), but he also departs from Aquinas in significant ways to produce an account that is in some respects original. His account of human life accommodates the coexistence of both its ‘sincere’ and ‘depraved’ aspects, which has implications for his understanding of the nature of the moral life. At times, polemical factors play a role in shaping the content of his argument.

Keywords:   Hooker, theological anthropology, human nature, magisterial reformers, Thomism, Aquinas, hierarchy of being, polemical, moral life

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