Thursday, November 03, 2011

For the Feast Day of Richard Hooker

As a break from my regular series of Blessings and Curses, I pause to remember Richard Hooker, who is probably the closest thing Anglicans have to a premiere theologian. Before my colleagues start pontificating on Hooker's Three Legged Stool (which is an Anglican urban legend), I wrote a series on Understanding Richard Hooker a while back:

Part I: Understanding Richard Hooker's World
Part II: Richard Hooker and Political Theory
Part III: Richard Hooker and Laws
Part IV: Richard Hooker and Current Dilemmas
Part V: Richard Hooker and Specific Teachings

And for kicks, here is my favorite quote from Richard Hooker:

"Love is represented as the fulfilling of the law,--a creature's perfection. All other graces, all divine dispensations, contribute to this, and are lost in it as in a heaven. It expels the dross of our nature; it overcomes sorrow; it is the full joy of our Lord."

-Anglican Theologian Richard Hooker, "On Love."

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