Book Launch: Richard Hooker's The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity in Modern English

Posted by Patrick Henry College on 4/4/19 2:30 PM

Book Launch

We are excited to announce the launch of Richard Hooker's The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (in Modern English) edited by Visiting Assistant Professor of Government, Dr. Brad Littlejohn. The book is intended to make this major work of the Anglican giant Richard Hooker accessible to a contemporary audience.

At the launch, Littlejohn will deliver a lecture titled, “Reformed and Catholic? Searching for Identity in a Rootless Church."

Littlejohn has delivered numerous lectures and spilled much ink on the subject—he is also author of Richard Hooker: A Companion to His Life and Work (Cascade, 2015), and The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology (Eerdmans, 2017). Regarding this particular book, he wrote:

LawsofEcclesiasticalPolity-02-1-683x1024"Today we seemed condemned to choose between either judging and dividing or withholding judgment in order to get along—between reforming, and alienating all those who won't reform with us, or being catholic, and embracing as many as we can. We are equally torn in our relation to history—how do we connect faithfully with the church's past while remaining open to the challenges and changes of the present? No one has helped me think through these questions as much as Richard Hooker, and I'm very excited to be part of helping his timeless wisdom speak afresh to a new era of the church."

According to Rt. Rev. Ray Sutton, Presiding Bishop of the REC, "[Hooker's] profound way of using the Biblical insights of early ecumenical councils to address doctrinal controversy of his day shaped a way of thinking that is both patristic and reformed. Those issues about which he was concerned still confront the Church today, and beckon the need for his illuminating approach. Dr. Littlejohn has brought such an important voice from the past into the present with his modern translation of Richard Hooker's classic work.”

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