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Christology and the sacraments

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Hooker?s summary of orthodox Christology, as the church has come to define it based on Scripture, and now protected by the authority of the church, comes at a point of transition in Book V of the Lawes. As Hooker turns to consider Puritan objections to the rites and administration of the sacraments in the Church of England, he first considers Christ, since the force of sacraments is that they make us ?pertakers of Christ? and, therefore, partakers of God in Christ. Hooker?s clear adoption of Cyrilline Christology repeated the dominant theory of the High Middle Ages, incidentally but accidentally allied him with Martin Luther, and set up his eucharistic theology in special way. In sacramental theology, it was Hooker and not his opponents who spoke most cogently in defence of the authorized baptismal rite, though with a theology that was at marked variance to the theory of the rite?s authors.

Keywords: Cyrilline Christology; eucharistic theology; sacraments



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