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Practical divinity

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This chapter considers some general features of Hooker?s theology that bear upon the question of his attitude to ?practical divinity? before examining more closely A Learned Sermon of the Nature of Pride. Use of this term implies Hooker entertained an anthropology that informed both the practical consequences of his theology and his view of the human condition through which theology must be done. It also considers the Lawes with a view to constructing a framework for appreciating Hooker?s practical divinity. The sermon consists of five sections, indicated numerically in the Folger text, which are thematically linked. The chapter summarises the main thematic sections. A Learned Sermon of the Nature of Pride reveals in Richard Hooker one who is both scholar and pastor. His understanding of what would now be called ?real world issues? has often been underestimated because of his scholarly reputation.

Keywords: Folger text; Lawes; practical divinity; Richard Hooker; theology



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