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Richard Hooker

c.1554-1600. English theologian and apologist. Educated at Exeter Grammar School and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he was fellow from 1577 to 1584, he lectured in Hebrew and logic and was rector of Drayton Beauchamp (1584), master of the Temple in London (1585-91), and rector of Bishopbourne from 1595 until his death. Though an able preacher and sensitive pastor, he is primarily remembered as one of the greatest apologists for a [[Church of England]] which was not obliged slavishly to copy sister churches. His famous encounter with [[Walter Travers]]* at the Temple showed an independent Reformed position on matters like predestination, assurance, and judgment of Rome, in addition to a shrewd insight into the doctrinal and psychological weaknesses of militant Puritanism. Released from duties at the Temple, he produced the first four books of his Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity in 1593, followed by the fifth in 1597. The history of the remaining books is obscure, and they were not