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Scriptural hermeneutics

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Hooker developed his hermeneutical views in a controversial context, opposing the more radical Puritans along with other dissidents and Roman Catholics. The centre of Hooker?s critique of the Puritan hermeneutic was directed against the glib superficiality of their appeal to the work of the Holy Spirit. As Hooker declared the perfection of the Scriptures, he on occasion offered the following definition, ?the words of his mouth are absolute, and lack nothing which they should have, for performance of that thing whereunto they tend.? While according to Hooker the Scriptures were perfect for their divinely intended soteriological purpose, they did not incorporate all of the divine Wisdom. The divine Providence, and at times the Holy Spirit, was also active in nature, in reason, and in redeemed and upgraded reason. Hence the correct interpretation of the Scriptures was a real possibility, but not certainty.

Keywords: dissidents; divine providence; divine wisdom; Holy Spirit; Puritan hermeneutic; Richard Hooker; Roman Catholics; scriptures



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