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Faith and assurance

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The sermons of Richard Hooker to which Travers had objected concern faith, assurance, and justification, issues at the very heart of Reformed theology. This chapter focuses on the first two, faith and assurance, and hence on A Learned and Comfortable Sermon of the Certaintie and Perpetuitie of Faith in the Elect, which is the only one of Hooker?s works to address these topics at length. It begins with the Reformed teachings on faith and assurance that The Certaintie rejects, and by rejecting these provoked Travers?s public denunciation. It deals with Hooker?s incorporation of Thomistic material on faith and assurance. The Thomistic elements in The Certaintie are probably more extensive than generally recognized, but also less inert. They do not, that is, simply replace the Protestant doctrines Hooker critiques, but they act on the Reformed material that The Certaintie retains and are acted upon by it.

Keywords: assurance; faith; reformed theology; Richard Hooker; The Certaintie



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