Richard Hooker's Use of History in His "Defense" of Public Worship: His Anglican Critique of Calvin, Barrow, and the Puritans (Hardback)Scott N. Kindred-Barnes
Hardback Published: 01/06/2011
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This study examines how Hooker's historical perspective developed in response to two theological opponents, Thomas Cartwright and Henry Barrow. Both the primitivism of Cartwright, the presbyterian puritan, and the apocalyptic primitivism of Barrow, the separatist, are contextualized and shown to be relevant to the overall argument presented in Hooker's magnum opus, "Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity". Unlike Thomas Cartwright and Henry Barrow who tended to dismiss extra-Biblical practices in public worship as antichristian corruptions, Hooker's assumed "conveniency" led him to ask questions of context when exploring past and present events. Dr. Kindred-Barnes reveals how Hooker, by asking questions of theological and political context when examining a given thinker, era or event in the past, was able to balance, in a fashion consistent with the 'Elizabethan Settlement', what was deemed to be the essential doctrines of Scripture on the one hand with the demands of the commonwealth on the other, while all along claiming continuity with catholic Christianity since the time of the apostles.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd