Richard Hooker and the Authority of Moderation
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.
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