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The church

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Hooker?s ecclesiology is defined by three sets of considerations: first, soteriology and the church?s end, which is union with Christ; secondly, sacramental life, which is the means by which humanity enters into the aforementioned union; and thirdly the concrete and historical considerations which enable the church to sustain its sacramental life. In the union of natures in Christ, the divine and human natures each retain their basic characters, but some special capacities are given to the human. Hooker gives significant effort to clarifying this point for two reasons. One purpose is the refutation of the Lutheran doctrine of the ubiquity of Christ?s body, which for Luther is a means of understanding how the bread and wine can become the body and blood of Christ. However, the second reason for Hooker to raise this issue is more important for ecclesiology and may have greater significance for the contemporary reader.

Keywords: Christ?s body; church; ecclesiology; humanity; Lutheran doctrine; Richard Hooker; sacramental life; soteriology



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