Richard Hooker and his Early Doctrine of Justification explores the doctrine of justification, the doctrine of faith and grace, and the doctrine of Scripture and use of reason in the early theology of Richard Hooker. In order to prove that Hooker was a Protestant Reformed theologian, Simut concentrates on Hooker's doctrine of justification as reflected in his Learned Discourse of Justification, which is the most important work of his early theology. Unlike previous books on Hooker which use primarily the theology of Luther and Calvin to draw conclusions, this book brings together quotations and ideas from the works of Luther, Melanchthon, Zwingli, Bucer, Calvin and Beza to show that Hooker was a Protestant Reformed theologian. Simuþ also discusses the theological context of Hooker's career by offering an analysis of the doctrine of justification in the theology of John Jewel, John Whitgift (Hooker's patrons), and Thomas Cartwright and Walter Travers (Hooker's Puritan opponents).
Contents: Introductory study in Richard Hooker scholarship; The doctrine of justification before Richard Hooker; The concept of righteousness as the essence of justification; The righteousness of justification as objective faith; The righteousness of sanctification as subjective faith; Conclusions; Bibliography; Index.