Richard Hooker and the Vision of God

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Richard Hooker and the Vision of God

Exploring the Origins of ‘Anglicanism’

By Charles Miller

ISBN: 9780227174005

Due for release: 25/07/2013

 

Taking inspiration from Olivier Loyer’s comprehensive, yet seldom cited, French study L’Anglicanisme de Richard Hooker (1978), Charles Miller presents Richard Hooker as a thinker with a coherent theological vision. In contrast to much of Hooker scholarship since the 1980s that re-aligns Hooker with the Magisterial Reformers as a corrective to English non-conformist pressures, this introduction presents Hooker’s theology as an attempt to develop the content and scope of Anglicanism.

Miller argues that, while remaining a convinced Reformer, Hooker’s speculative breadth and advantageous use of theological resources allowed him to expand the repertoire of ideas and sensibilities in surprising new ways; the implications were not immediately apparent to his contemporaries but in fact provided the ground of what later became ‘Anglicanism’.

Taking the general topics of ‘systematic theology’ as the structure of the study, Hooker is presented and analyzed chiefly as a theologian who re-proportions doctrine around a three-fold core of: Trinity and Incarnation, Justification and Sanctification, and Deification. While admitting that Hooker wrote in and for a particular context (and always holding that context in mind), his writings, viewed altogether, reveal a coherent and compelling vision of God, humankind, and the world.

Richard Hooker and the Vision of God is accountable to the wealth of diverse and ecumenical scholarship of the past forty years as well as drawing upon an even older generation of Hooker analysis which was more interested in his theological posture and contemporary relevance. The study seeks to commend his continuing relevance in two ways: as a guide into the study of theology as a system; and as a practitioner of an ‘Anglican’ style of theology, of which Hooker was, in fact, the first embodiment.

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About the Author: Charles Miller is an Anglican priest who, having received his doctorate in theology from Oxford University, has taught theology, Anglican studies and spirituality in seminaries and universities in the United States and the UK. He has a special interest in twentieth-century Orthodox theology and ecumenical issues, and is a member of the Art & Christianity Enquiry. His books include: Toward A Fuller Vision: Orthodoxy and the Anglican Experience, Praying the Eucharist: Reflections on the Eucharistic Experience of God, and For the Gift of the World: An Introduction to the Theology of Dumitru Staniloae. Since 2006 he has been Team Rector of Abingdon and Vicar of St Helen’s Church in the Diocese of Oxford.

About the publisher: James Clarke and Co Ltd is a long-established British academic publisher specialising in historical and theological books and also in reference material. It has been associated with the Lutterworth Press since 1984.

Related Titles:

–     Anglicanism: The Thought and Practice of the Church of England, Illustrated from the Religious Literature of the Seventeenth Century, by Paul E. More and Frank L. Cross (editors), ISBN: 9780227172902

–     Conflict and the Practice of the Christian Faith: The Anglican Experiment, by Bruce N. Kaye, ISBN: 9780718892432

–     Spiritual Counsel in the Anglican Tradition, by David Hein and Charles R. Henery, ISBN: 9780227172704

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