By Torrance Kirby, Rowan Williams

Richard Hooker used to be a realized philosophical theologian and engaged polemicist of the later 16th century who defined and defended the Elizabethan non secular and political payment.

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The orders of ministry are fundamentally twofold: they are distinguished as presbyters (Hooker does not favour use of the term ‘priest’) and deacons, and both must be formally ordained for ministry. Some presbyters are elevated to the status of bishops, successors to the apostles and to whom the church has delegated the power of jurisdiction and order, including the power to ordain new members to the orders of presbyters and deacons. In defence of tithing Hooker claims that clergy and laity must actively support Christian ministry because the wealth of Christians is in fact God’s own property.

J. Cargill Thompson, ‘The Philosopher of the ‘Politic Society,’’ SRH, 3–76, rpt. Studies in the Reformation, ed. Dugmore (1980), 131–91; Brian Vickers, ‘Introduction 2,’ Of the Laws of Ecclesiatical Polity: An Abridged Edition (London: Sedgwick & Jackson, 1973), 41–59; Rudolf Almasy, ‘The Purpose of Richard Hooker’s Polemic,’ Journal of the History of Ideas, 39 (1978): 251–70; Robert Eccleshall, in ‘Richard Hooker and the Peculiarities of the English,’ History of Political Thought, 2 (1981): 63–117, says Hooker only provides ‘window dressing for the command structure of Elizabethan society’; and John N.

J. torrance kirby Hooker may have applied these insights to the laws and courts of the Church of England, as well as how he might have argued against proposed presbyterian models of ecclesiastical discipline. A. S. McGrade takes up the thread with his exploration of Book VII where Hooker carefully extends his argument for the necessity of an episcopal hierarchy and for its legitimacy in holding governmental functions within both church and commonwealth, while arguing also that the institution of episcopacy is based upon the consent of the church.

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