VIDEO: The Relevance of Richard Hooker


Few American Christians today have so much as heard the name Richard Hooker, although he was the greatest theologian and political theorist to come out of the English Reformation. In this video, Hooker scholar Dr. Brad Littlejohn offers a brief sketch of the life and work of Hooker, and why he is still deeply relevant to Christians today.

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 Discussion Points

00:45: Biographical sketch of Richard Hooker

2:00: Hooker’s growing concern with the Puritan movement

3:40: Hooker’s showdown with Walter Travers at the Temple Church

5:00: Hooker’s decision to write the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity

5:30: The key question of Hooker’s work: how do we honor the authority of Scripture and the other authorities God has put in our lives?

7:20: How can we learn from Hooker today?

8:15: Sometimes we have to exercise critical moral judgment in an area where Scripture doesn’t give us direct guidance.