Law and Revelation Paperback
Richard Hooker and His Writings
by Raymond Chapman;
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Law and Revelation
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Law and Revelation by Raymond Chapman was published by Canterbury Press in October 2009 and is our 54678th best seller. The ISBN for Law and Revelation is 9781853119910.
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Law and Revelation: Richard Hooker and His WritingsJohn Methuen, via The Good Book Stall
Hooker is a joy to read and reminds the reader that this contemporary of Shakespeare comes at the time of the great flowering of English as a written vehicle of literature. He also has penned the classic Apologia for the Church of England. The position of being the ancient catholic church of this land, albeit reformed, and the Via Media between Protestantism and Papacy, is fundamental to his argument and could be well-remembered today when Anglicanism is going through a period of crisis in its sense of self-identity, with Evangelicalism on the one hand (roughly parallel to the Puritans of Hooker’s day) and Ultramontanism (on the other). It’s a disturbing historical fact that the Puritans eventually won the day at the Civil War and abolished the Church of England altogether until the Restoration when it had to be re-imposed by force.
The quotations are derived from all eight books and as the edition proceeds it has to be said that the going gets heavier, not least because the concentration required is pretty remorseless and the argument seems more arcane than it actually is, because of the effort required with the language. The Fifth Book is, however, both the longest and the most important. Nevertheless, the portions selected represent the main drift of the writings and are tolerably clear. Editing is kept to a minimum, especially as regards footnotes. Mercifully, spelling is modernized and standardized, and the text is rendered as digestible as possible. Altogether, a most useful and accessible tool in surveying the Church of England in the generation immediately following the Reformation when the Age of Persecution was gradually turning into the Age of Polemic.
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|Author / Artist||Raymond Chapman|
|Publisher||Canterbury Press (October 2009)|
|Number of Pages||256|
|Page last updated||13th January 2018|