Richard Hooker
Anglicanism's Genius
 
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1 Richard Hooker
1 Distillation of his work into its key ideas!

This is a site dedicated to making Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity available to those who are interested in learning about the Genius and Genesis of Anglicanism.  Anglican historians Peter Lake and Diarmaid MacCulloch propose that there was no Anglicanism before Richard Hooker. 

 

The new volumes featured below offer a fresh integration of the 1836 Keble edition with  my section-by-section distillation of Hooker's works from my own book Hooker's Blueprint.  


The combination of these two works produces the most accessible rendition of Hooker in print and the least expensive set on the Net.

Don't pay more elsewhere.


 

Volume One begins with Hooker's Sermon "A Learned Discourse  of Justification, Works, and how the Foundation of Faith is overthrown" because it is this sermon that sets in motion Hooker's role as a major innovative thinker in the midst of the disputes of the day.  I believe Anglicanism actually begins with this sermon.

 

The Volume continues with the Preface and Books I-IV, each one preceded by my key thoughts distillation.  It concludes with Travers' attack on Hooker for preaching the sermon and Hooker's reply, allowing the reader to see the full nature of the dispute.  The key ideas sections allow the reader to get the sweep of thought in the text before delving into the rich tapestry of his writing.

 

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Volume 2 covers Book V of the Laws, with my distillation salted throughout.

 

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Free PDFs of Hooker's Works
   I am delighted to also offer you a searchable set of PDF's for Hooker's Works.  The links below will bring it to you book by book because a PDF of his entire Works is too big for many systems.  So be patient and enjoy.

    Of course I'd love to have you buy my set or buy Hooker's Blueprint but the most important thing is that a good clean text be readily available for students.  Please pass the word!

In developing this new edition I have rearranged Keble's ordering of materials in order to create three volumes that get to the essence and flow of his work.  Because this is a facsimile edition made from PDFs this reordering is not as smooth as I might like it, but it does bring the essential texts to the reader at the lowest possible price.


The fourth volume contains the more era - bound introductions and biographies and such.


Volume Three includes Books VI-VIII interspersed with my distillation.

 

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Volume Four presents all of John Keble's commentary on the Laws, Walton's life, and Hooker's other sermons.  I have separated these out so that students who want just the texts can have them and then decide if they want these materials.

 

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I have also taken my Blueprint key ideas distillation and made it available for Kindle readers.  You can get it here.
If you would prefer the Print Edition for Hooker's Blueprint it is on sale at this site for just $20, including shipping and handling. (Paypal will add any required sales taxes to this.)  You can order it with the Paypal button below.
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