Learned Discourse on Justification

by Richard Hooker


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James Kiefer's introduction to this work explains its premise well. Richard Hooker said once in a sermon, "I doubt not but God was merciful to save thousands of our fathers living in popish superstitions, inasmuch as they sinned ignorantly." Keifer explains that "This sentence, which today would be fiercely attacked by those who thought it arrogant, narrow, and bigoted, was at the time attacked on opposite grounds. Walter Travers...said that since the adherents of the Pope did not believe in justification by faith, they could not be justified by faith, which meant that they could not be justified at all, which meant that they were certainly damned, with no exceptions. Hooker, he claimed, had sold out to the enemy." In response to Travers' objections, Hooker crafted a masterful sermon on justification. A brief look at the table of contents will show readers the outline of his sermon. This work is a practical application of Hooker's educated, logical, and authoritative theology.

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Richard Hooker
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: 1553, Heavitree, Exeter, Devon, England
Died: November 3, 1600, Bishopsbourne, Kent, England
Related topics: Church of England, Church polity, Donne, John,--1572-1631, Early works, Ecclesiastical law
Basic information: Richard Hooker (March 1554 – 3 November 1600) was an Anglican priest and an influential theologian. Hooker's emphases on reason, tolerance and the value of tradition came to exert a lasting influence on the development of the Church of England. In retrospect he has been taken as a founder of Anglicanism in its theological thought.
Popular works: Learned Discourse on Justification, Church Defended: the reformation of the laws and orders ecclesiastical in the Church of England: Volume 1, Church Defended: the reformation of the laws and orders ecclesiastical in the Church of England: Volume 2, Church Defended: the reformation of the laws and orders ecclesiastical in the Church of England: Volume 3

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