Very helpful Littlejohn uses a 16th century church controversy over vestments to examine the difficulties of navigating individual v institutional liberty, especially pertaining to adiaphora He shows how two kingdoms theology and a strong doctrine of justification by faith help unravel the problem I would recommend it for anyone who has felt the tension between an overly prescriptive view of church government and an anything goes view of the church. More to follow elsewhere, but I will say that this is a very fine piece of historical, theological, and ethical scholarship. An exposition of two kingdom theology that does not deny, but rather affirms the universal mediatorial rule of Christ as the redeemer and creator, over both the church and society Littlejohn employs Hooker as the exponent of a political philosophy that does justice both to Scriptural authority and natural law and reason. This book is very helpful and utterly relevant for our time It touches on political theology, law, hermeneutics and biblical interpretation, religious freedom, among other topics 16th Century England grappled with many of the same problems we have today, and in many ways laid the groundwork for our own ecclesial and civil structures in the US So this book helped me understand both past and present I m glad someone has done the work of reintroducing Richard Hooker, whose 8 volume mangum opus would otherwise remain inaccessible to the masses He s a luminous thinker and has much to say to us today He s also a Protestant Thomist of a sort huzzah Complex I don t know nearly enough about Reformation two kingdoms, the English reformation, Richard Hooker, or political philosophy to adequately engage. How Do Christians Determine When To Obey God Even If That Means Disobeying Other People In This Book W Bradford Littlejohn Addresses That Question As He Unpacks The Magisterial Political Theological Work Of Richard Hooker, A Leading Figure In The Sixteenth Century English Reformation Littlejohn Shows How Martin Luther And Other Reformers Considered Christian Liberty To Be Compatible With Considerable Civil Authority Over The Church, But He Also Analyzes The Ambiguities And Tensions Of That Relationship And How It Helped Provoke The Puritan Movement The Heart Of The Book Examines How, According To Richard Hooker, Certain Forms Of Puritan Legalism Posed A Much Greater Threat To Christian Liberty Than Did Meddling Monarchs In Expounding Hooker S Remarkable Attempt To Offer A Balanced Synthesis Of Liberty And Authority In Church, State, And Conscience, Littlejohn Draws Out Pertinent Implications For Christian Liberty And Politics Today
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- The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty
- W. Bradford Littlejohn
- 10 September 2019 W. Bradford Littlejohn