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Monday, 8th February, 6-7 pm, Pusey House
“Richard Hooker’s Sapiential Theology: The Authority of Scripture and Reason"
Torrance Kirby, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, McGill University
This lecture will address the definition of, and limits of, the authority of scripture in early modern England, focusing on Richard Hooker’s influential treatise, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie (1594). Pursing what Hooker calls the ‘sundrie kindes of Wisdom’, this lecture will consider the question of how the Bible stood in relation to natural reason, the concessions and amplifications Hooker brought to the reformers’ doctrine of sola scriptura, that the Bible contains all things ‘necessary to salvation’, and the political and philosophical correlates of such debate. Whereas scripture alone was to be followed in the formulation of the ‘rule of faith’, at the same time, reason, custom, and human authority were necessary in the external ordering of religion. Hooker makes a distinctive contribution to the Reformation treatment of the boundaries between the authority of scripture and that of reason, uniting of these two ‘waies of wisdom’ in the context of a sapiential theology.
Wednesdays of 2nd, 6th, and 8th Weeks, and Thursday of 4th Week
From 2.00 till 3:30 pm, followed by tea at Pusey House
The aim of the series is to provide an intensive introduction to some of the key periods, characters and ideas of Christian history.
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This Thursday, 3 December, at 5:30 pm, we will have a special service of Advent Lessons and Carols in the Pusey House Chapel to help us appreciate the hope and expectation of Advent. We will gather in darkness, and then begin the service in candlelight. The service is given shape by the Great 'O Antiphons', seven sentences based o Old Testament titles for the Messiah which are fulfilled and given their true sense by Christ (see below). The readings from the Bible, seasonal pieces sung by the choir, under the direction of Maks Adach, and some wonderful Advent carols and hymns, will help us to appreciate the riches of the season. As we hear more of the message of hope, we will move from darkness to light and celebrate the promise of the coming of the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, God with us.
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