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Predestination

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Richard Hooker did not publish any treatise on predestination, and his only surviving manuscript was published first by John Keble in 1836. Differences of position about the topic flamed up as the basis for the controversy surrounding his first public appearance, a sermon at Paul?s Cross in 1584, whose text apparently does not survive, and hints about his position declared in passing in Of the Lawes of Ecclesiasticall Politie, 1593 and 1597, led to anonymous public criticism in A Christian Letter, published in the second last year of his life. Although he explicitly commented on only two errors, Hooker apparently identified six of the twenty-one supposed errors listed by the anonymous authors as related to predestination and to positions relating to the doctrine of grace which underlay his views on predestination.

Keywords: predestination; public criticism; Richard Hooker

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