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Life of Hooker

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Richard Hooker was an Elizabethan polemicist who is remembered today as the author of his magnum opus, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie: Eyght Bookes (published between 1593 and 1662). This chapter briefly discusses the life and works of Hooker. Hooker was educated at the grammar school in Exeter. During his tenure at Oxford, Hooker made two influential contacts that were to bear fruit in later friendship and joint cooperative efforts in the writing of the Lawes. Hooker did not publish any of the sermons that he delivered at the Temple. Yet several have survived, primarily because after his death some of his friends were committed to preserving and publishing as many as they could find of his lesser works. A Learned and Comfortable Sermon of the Certaintie and Perpetuitie of Faith in the Elect is the earliest of the surviving sermons that provoked controversy with Walter Travers.

Keywords: A Learned and Comfortable Sermon; Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie; Richard Hooker; Walter Travers



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