Ethan Shagan, Richard Hooker and the Authority of Moderation

Ethan Shagan, University of California, Berkeley
Ethan Shagan, University of California, Berkeley
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Lecture in Early Modern History
Friday, March 12, 2010
Ethan Shagan, University of California, Berkeley

Richard Hooker’s Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie describes the Church of England as a middle way between dangerous extremes of Catholicism and Presbyterianism. This paper uses Hooker to suggest a larger argument: the Church of England acquired a reputation for moderation not because the English Reformation was incomplete, compromised, or reasonable, but because the Reformation in England was always at heart about governance, and governance was moderation.

Learn more about the speaker: Ethan Shagan, University of California, Berkeley.