Letter from the Rector
I have now submitted my thesis for my doctorate, the next stage is the viva. A number of people have asked me what it contains so here is the Abstract:
“The central text of the Christian Church is the Bible, to Christians the inspired Word of God, the interpretation of which leads us to truth. Yet that raises immediate issues. Whose interpretation is true? What is the Bible's relationship with other sources of truth, such as philosophy, reason, science and Church tradition?
In the English Reformation such debates were of profound political as well as religious importance. In the late sixteenth century one scholar, Richard Hooker, addressed these issues in ways that continue to challenge the Church today, especially the Anglican Communion. This is seen in his great work, the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity. Hooker emphasised the concept of Law as a central means of God's self-
This thesis looks to place his ideas in their correct historical context and to argue that Hooker's trajectory of thought was particularly encouraged by the Danish Lutheran, Niels Hemmingsen, who was also known as Hemmingius or Hemming. An in-
I hope this helps and I look forward to seeing you at the May Fair (Saturday 13th May).
With Best Wishes