Richard Hooker

Now if nature should intermit her course, and leave altogether though it were but for a while the observation of her own laws; if those principal and mother elements of the world, whereof all things in this lower world are made, should lose the qualities which now they have; if the frame of that heavenly arch erected over our heads should loosen and dissolve itself; if celestial spheres should forget their wonted motions, and by irregular volubility turn themselves any way as it might happen; if the prince of the lights of heaven, which now as a giant doth run his unwearied course, should as it were through a languishing faintness begin to stand and to rest himself; if the moon should wander from her beaten way, the times and seasons of the year blend themselves by disordered and confused mixture, the winds breathe out their last gasp, the clouds yield no rain, the earth be defeated of heavenly influence, the fruits of the earth pine away as children at the withered breasts of their mother no longer  able to yield them relief: what would become of man himself, whom these things now do all serve? See we not plainly that obedience of creatures unto the law of nature is the stay of the whole world? BOOK I. Ch. ii-iii.

Portraits

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Wenceslas Hollar (1607-1677), Richard Hooker. Engraving. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. || cf. National Portrait Gallery, London

 

Walter Dolle, Richard Hooker. Line engraving, probably mid to late 17th century. National Portrait Gallery, London.

 

William Faithorne, Richard Hooker. Line engraving, 1662 or afterwards. National Portrait Gallery, London.

 

James Fittler, after William Skelton. Line engraving, published 1819. National Portrait Gallery, London.

 

Englishman’s Library frontispiece, 1842. Left to right: Francis Bacon, Richard Hooker, Edmund Burke. Wikimedia Commons

 

Charles Eamer Kempe, west window, south transept, Bristol Cathedral, c. 1905. Left to right: Alfred the Great, Richard Hakluyt, Richard Hooker, William Shakespeare. Wikimedia Commons

cf. the nave windows of Truro Cathedral, Cornwall, 1938 church history sequence: Lancelot Andrewes, Richard Hooker and Francis Bacon:

I cannot help thinking that it was a mistake on my part to include any names of foreigners in communion with Rome since the great break-up, when no names are mentioned of foreigners belonging to the Reformed communities … I think therefore it would be wisest and most satisfactory to admit no figures subsequent to the Reformation except members of the English Church.

 

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Alfred Drury, Richard Hooker, 1907. Exeter Cathedral. Wikimedia Commons.

 

Chester Cathedral cloister. Wikimedia Commons

Primary Sources

Bradford Littlejohn: Richard Hooker Annotated Bibliography.

1682 Edition – Google Books

John Keble, ed. Richard Hooker, The Works of that Learned and Judicious Divine Mr. Richard Hooker with an Account of His Life and Death by Isaac Walton, 3 vols. [1888]. Online Library of Liberty.

Secondary Sources

Bradford Littlejohn: Richard Hooker Annotated Bibliography.

Listed by date

  1. George Bull. “What Did Locke Borrow from Hooker?” 1932.
  2. Elias J. Chiasson. “Swift’s Clothes: Philosophy in the Tale and Hooker’s Concept of Law.” 1962.
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  3. W. Speed Hill. “Doctrine and Polity in Hooker’s Laws.” 1972.
  4. Richard Bauckham. “Hooker, Travers and the Church of Rome in the 1580s.” 1978.
  5. Rudolph Almasy. “The Purpose of Richard Hooker’s Polemic.” 1978.
  6. Rudolph Almasy. “Richard Hooker’s Book VI: A Reconstruction.” 1979.
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  7. Charles W. Brockwell, Jr. “Answering ‘the Known Men’: Bishop Reginald Pecock and Mr. Richard Hooker.” 1980.
  8. P. D. L. Avis. “Richard Hooker and John Calvin.” 1981. Richard Bauckham, “Richard Hooker and John Calvin: A Comment.”
  9. Lee W. Gibbs. “Richard Hooker’s Via Media Doctrine of Justification.” 1981. Cambridge
  10. M. S. Hall and R. W. Hall. “Platonism in Hooker.” 1983.
  11. M. R. Sommerville. “Richard Hooker and his Contemporaries on Episcopacy: an Elizabethan Consensus.” 1984.
  12. W. J. Torrance Kirby. “The Doctrine of the Royal Supremacy in the Thought of Richard Hooker.” 1987.
  13. William P. Haugaard. “Towards An Anglican Doctrine of Ministry: Richard Hooker and The Elizabethan Church.” 1987.
  14. J. Christou. “The influence of aspects of the common law on the political thought of Richard Hooker.” 1989.
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  15. W. J. Torrance Kirby. Richard Hooker’s Doctrine of the Royal Supremacy. 1990. Review by Arthur J. Slavin
  16. Lee W. Gibbs. “The Source of the Most Famous Quotation from Richard Hooker’s Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity. 1990.
  17. Lee W. Gibbs. “Richard Hooker’s “Via Media” Doctrine of Repentance.” 1991. Cambridge
  18. William O. Gregg. “Sacramental Theology in Hooker’s Laws: A Structural Perspective.” 1991.
  19. Daniel B. Stevick. “Hooker’s Criteria for Liturgy.” 1991.
  20. Nigel Terence Atkinson. Richard Hooker and the authority of scripture, tradition and reason. 1995. Reviews by M. A. Brydon || Alan C. Clifford || David Holloway
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  21. Egis Grislis. “The Anglican Spirituality of Richard Hooker.” 1996.
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  22. Arthur Stephen McGrade, ed. Richard Hooker and the Construction of Christian Community. 1997. Review by A. N. Williams
  23. Damian Grace. “Natural Law in Hooker’s Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity.” 1997.
  24. Debora K. Shuger. “Richard Hooker, Lancelot Andrewes, and the Boundaries of Reason.” in Habits of Thought in the English Renaissance: Religion, Politics, and the Dominant Culture. 1997.
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  25. M. E. C. Perrott. “Richard Hooker and the Problem of Authority in the Elizabethan Church.” 1998.
  26. W. J. Torrance Kirby. “The Neoplatonic Logic of Richard Hooker’s Generic Division of Law.” 1998. Toronto
  27. W. J. Torrance Kirby. “Richard Hooker’s Discourse On Natural Law In The Context Of The Magisterial Reformation.” 1998. JSTOR
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  28. W. J. Torrance Kirby. “Richard Hooker’s Theory of Natural Law in the Context of Reformation Theology.” 1999. McGill | Academia
  29. Michael Andrew Brydon. “The evolving reputation of Richard Hooker : an examination of responses to the Ecclesiastical Polity, 1640-1714.” 1999.
  30. Philip Bruce Secor. Richard Hooker: Prophet of Anglicanism. 1999.
  31. Bryan D. Spinks. Two Faces of Elizabethan Anglican Theology: Sacraments and Salvation in the Thought of William Perkins and Richard Hooker. 1999. Review by Diarmaid MacCulloch.
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  32. Nigel Atkinson. “Hooker’s Theological Method and Modern Anglicanism.” 2000.
  33. W. Speed Hill. “Richard Hooker and the Rhetoric of History.” 2000.
  34. W. J. Torrance Kirby, “The Paradigm of Chalcedonian Christology in Richard Hooker’s Discourse on Grace and the Church.” 2000.
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  35. Peter Lake. “Business as Usual? The Immediate Reception of Hooker’s Ecclesiastical Polity.” 2001.
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  36. Lee W. Gibbs. “Richard Hooker: Prophet of Anglicanism or English Magisterial Reformer?” 2002.
  37. Lee W. Gibbs. “Richard Hooker’s via Media Doctrine of Scripture and Tradition.” 2002. Cambridge
  38. Egil Grislis. “The Role of Sin in the Theology of Richard Hooker.” 2002.
  39. William Harrison. “Prudence and Custom: Revisiting Hooker on Authority.” 2002.
  40. Patrick D. M. Patterson. “Hooker’s Apprentice: God, Entelechy, Beauty, and Desire in Book One of Richard Hooker’s Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie. 2002.
  41. Barry G. Rasmussen. “Richard Hooker’s Trinitarian Hermeneutic of Grace.” 2002.
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  42. Nigel Voak. Richard Hooker and Reformed Theology: A Study of Reason, Will, and Grace. 2003. Reviews by Torrance Kirby || Edmund Newey || W. B. Patterson
  43. W. J. Torrance Kirby, ed. Richard Hooker and the English Reformation. 2003. SpringerLink | Google || Contributors: Barry G. Rasmussen, William H. Harrison, Kirby, W. David Neelands, Daniel Eppley, Egil Grislis, John K. Stafford, Charles W. Irish, Rudolph P. Almasy, Lee W. Gibbs. Reviews by Alastair Hamilton || Nigel Voak
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  44. W. J. Torrance Kirby. Richard Hooker: Reformer and Platonist. 2005. Reviews by Mary E. Coleman || W. B. Patterson || Corneliu Simut
  45. Corneliu C. Simut. The Doctrine of Salvation in the Sermons of Richard Hooker. 2005. Reviews by || Paul Avis || David C. Fink || Lee W. Gibbs || W. B. Patterson
  46. Egil Grislis. “The Individualised Eschatology of Richard Hooker (1554-1600).” 2005.
  47. Egil Grislis. “Richard Hooker and Mysticism.” 2005.
  48. John K. Stafford. “Richard Hooker’s Doctrine of the Holy Spirit.” 2005.
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  49. Michael Brydon. The Evolving Reputation of Richard Hooker: An Examination of Responses, 1600–1714. 2006. Google Reviews by || Paul Avis || W. B. Patterson || Charles W. A. Prior || Alison Searle PDF
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  50. Ronald Vince, “Richard Hooker on the Eucharist: A Commentary on the Laws V.67.” 2007. Questia
  51. Egil Grislis. “Jesus Christ – The Centre of Theology in Richard Hooker’s Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity, Book V.” 2007.
  52. John K. Stafford. “Mystical Elements in Richard Hooker’s
    Theology.”
    2007.
  53. Glenn Baker. “Richard Hooker and Writing God into Polemic and Piety.” 2007. fulltext
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  54. William J. Torrance Kirby, ed. A Companion to Richard Hooker. 2008. Contributors: Rudolph P. Almasy, Daniel Eppley, Lee W. Gibbs, Egil Grislis, William Harrison, W. Speed Hill, Ranall Ingalls, Dean Kernan, Torrance Kirby, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A. S. McGrade, W. David Neelands, W. Brown Patterson, Debora K. Shuger, Corneliu C. Simut, John K. Stafford, Paul Stanwood, James F. Turrell, and Rowan Williams. Reviews by || Martin Ohst || Bryan Spinks || Fredrica Harris Thompsett || Nigel Voak || J. Robert Wright
  55. Nigel Voak. “English Molinism in the Late 1590s: Richard Hooker on Free Will, Predestination, and Divine Foreknowledge.” 2008.
  56. Nigel Voak. “Richard Hooker and the Principle of Sola Scriptura.” 2008.
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  57. David Neelands. “Richard Hooker and Assurance.” 2009.
  58. Arthur S. McGrade. “Richard Hooker on Anglican Integrity.” 2009. Questia.
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  59. John K. Stafford. “Sitting among Richard Hooker‟s Sermons.
    Notes on the Three Fragments.”
    2010.
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  60. T. L. Holtzen, “Sacramental Causality in Hooker’s Eucharistic Theology.” 2011.
  61. Scott N. Kindred-Barnes. Richard Hooker’s Use of History in His Defense of Public Worship: His Anglican Critique of Calvin, Barrow, and the Puritans. 2011. Review by W. Bradford Littlejohn.
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  62. A. J. Joyce. Richard Hooker and Anglican Moral Theology. 2012. Google Reviews by Paul Avis || Michael Brydon || David Neelands || Torrance Kirby || Brad Littlejohn ATR || W. B. Patterson || Daniel Westberg
  63. David Neelands. “The Use and Abuse of John Calvin in Richard Hooker’s Defence of the English Church.” 2012.
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  64. Daniel Eppley. Defending Royal Supremacy and Discerning God’s Will in Tudor England. 2013.
  65. Charles Miller, Richard Hooker and the Vision of God: Exploring the Origins of ‘Anglicanism.’ 2013. JSTOR || Reviews by || Paul Avis || Michael Brydon || David Carter || Paul Dominiak Questia || A. J. Joyce || Torrance Kirby || Bradford Littlejohn Cambridge || Frederick Quinn JSTOR || Dustin Resch
  66. Torrance Kirby. “Politics of Persuasion: ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ in Hooker’s Apologetics.” Chapter Eight of Persuasion and Conversion: Essays on Religion, Politics and the Public Sphere in Early Modern England. 2013.
  67. Rudolph P. Almasy. “Richard Hooker’s Worries About the Mind: The Path to Certainty.” 2013.
  68. John K. Stafford. “Richard Hooker And The Later Puritans.” 2013.
  69. John K. Stafford. “Richard Hooker’s Pneumatologia.” 2013.
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  70. Paul Avis. “Richard Hooker’s Theological Method.” Chapter Three of In Search of Authority: Anglican Theological Method from the Reformation to the Enlightenment. 2014.
  71. Paul Dominiak. “‘From the Footstool to the Throne of God’: Methexis, Metaxu, and Eros in Richard Hooker’s of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity.” 2014.
  72. Daniel Graves. “The rhetorical coherence of Hooker’s Preface to the Lawes.” 2014.
  73. W. Bradford Littlejohn. “Freedom of a Christian Commonwealth : Richard Hooker and the problem of Christian liberty.” 2014.
  74. W. Bradford Littlejohn. “‘The Edification of the Church’: Richard Hooker’s Theology of Worship and the Protestant Inward / Outward Disjunction.” 2014.
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  75. Jordan J. Ballor and W. Bradford Littlejohn. “‘More than a swineherd’: Hooker, Vermigli, and an Aristotelian defence of the royal supremacy.” 2015.
  76. Torrance Kirby. “‘Divine Offspring’: Richard Hooker’s Neoplatonic Account of Law and Causality.” 2015.
  77. Torrance Kirby. “The ‘sundrie waies of Wisdom’: Richard Hooker on the Authority of Scripture and Reason.” 2015.
  78. W. Bradford Littlejohn. Richard Hooker: A Companion to His Life and Work. 2015. Reviews by Rudolph P. Almasy || Paul Dominiak || Aaron Denlinger || Simon P. Kennedy || Peter Sedgwick Church Times
  79. W. Bradford Littlejohn. “The search for a Reformed Hooker: Some modest proposals.” 2015.
  80. Domenic Ruso. “Hermeneutical Themes in the Writings of Richard Hooker: The Complications of Sola Scriptura.” 2015.
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  81. Rudolph P. Almasy. “Richard Hooker and Places of Worship – ‘In due season they are all pleasaunt and good.'” 2016.
  82. Mark LeTourneau. “Richard Hooker and the Sufficiency of Scripture.” 2016.
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  83. Paul Anthony Dominiak. “The Architecture of Participation in the Thought of Richard Hooker.” 2017.
  84. Daniel Francis Graves. “The Rhetorical Coherence of Hooker’s Preface to The Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie.” 2017.
  85. Scott N. Kindred-Barnes and W. Bradford Littlejohn, eds. Richard Hooker and Reformed Orthodoxy. 2017. Chapters by David Neelands, W. Brown Patterson, A. S. McGrade, Paul Dominiak, Torrance Kirby, Daniel Eppley, Rudolph P. Almasy, Kindred-Barnes, Andrew A. Fulford, Littlejohn, Luca Baschera, J. V. Fesko, Michael J. Lynch, and Andrew J. Martin.
  86. W. Bradford Littlejohn. Radicalism: When Reform Becomes Revolution: The Preface to Hooker’s Laws: A Modernized Edition. 2017. Reviews by Brian Brown || Charlie Clark
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