Richard Hooker, Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity: A Critical Edition with Modern Spelling

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EditorArthur Stephen McGrade

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Presented in modern english for the first time, this is an accessible language edition of Richard Hooker's Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, the major prose work of the English 16th century. Hooker's monumental work was the first substantial contribution to theology, philosophy, andpolitical thought written in English. It is important for the language and thought of all three fields and is a founding text of Anglophone cultural identity, in particular the self-understanding of the Church of England and its descendants in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Its great human interest lies in its author's personal engagement with the most divisive religious and political issues of his day. But the depth of Hooker's treatment of these issues and the extraordinary range of sources he brings to bear on them makes the Laws a book not only for its own age butfor any time when human reason and the human spirit seek coherence. Its style is magnificent, a prototype for later works of English prose writing by the likes of Gibbon, Burke, and Ruskin.This edition includes a detailed introduction explaining the turbulent times in which Hooker came to write the laws and who he wrote them for. Arthur Stephen McGrade provides a tour of each of the eight books of the laws, examines their reception, and considers their legacy today. To assist thereader in navigating the text, a chronology of Hooker's life and times is also provides, along with a glossary, and a guide to the sources and persons Hooker mentions.

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Presented in modern english for the first time, this is an accessible language edition of Richard Hooker's Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, the major prose work of the English 16th century. Hooker's monumental work was the first substantial contribution to theology, philosophy, andpolitical thought written in English. It is import...

Arthur Stephen McGrade is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1100 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:November 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199604959

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Volume 1IntroductionPrinciple dates in Hooker's life and in the publication of his worksA note on this editionOf the Laws of Ecclesiastical PolityBook IBook IIBook IIIBook IVVolume 2Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical PolityBook VVolume 3Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical PolityBook VIBook VIIBook VIIIAppendix: Hooker's notes containing Greek, Latin, or HebrewEndmatterGlossaryA guide to Hooker's sources and persons mentioned in the LawsBibliographyIndex of Scriptural CitationsIndex of PersonsSubject Index