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Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, Book 1

by Richard Hooker

In Book 1, Hooker argues that the Church of England is a true church because it is founded on the Word of God and the traditions of the early church. He also argues that the Church of England is a polity, or system of government, that is both scriptural and reasonable. Hooker's arguments in Book 1 were highly influential in the development of Anglican theology. He is often called the "Father of Anglicanism" because of his work in defending the Church of England against the attacks of Puritans and Roman Catholics. Book 1 is also relevant to the history of political thought. Hooker's arguments for a moderate and balanced approach to church government were influential in the development of liberal political thought. His work has been cited by many political philosophers, including John Locke and Thomas Jefferson.

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English

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1594

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Richard Hooker (1554-1600) was an English clergyman and theologian who is considered one of the most important figures in the development of the Church of England. He was born in Heavitree, Devon, Eng...

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