Richard Hooker and the Coronavirus

Here’s a helpful and readable explanation of Richard Hooker’s doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It’s only marginally related to Coronavirus inasmuchas Anglicans who are missing the Eucharist right now actually are missing something Real, according to the English Reformation’s greatest theologian.

via Richard Hooker and the Coronavirus

3 thoughts on “Richard Hooker and the Coronavirus

  1. Thank you so much for posting this article on Hooker, and for being so theologically alert as to spot its relevance.
    Hooker’s subject might be “marginally related to Coronovirus”; but it is extremely relevant to discussions that have taken place here in the Diocese of Truro, among ordained clergy and among readers (licensed lay ministers, which is what I am) that have arisen because of the lockdown. (Similar discussions must have happened more or less worldwide.)
    The article and Hooker’s thoughts are doubly relevant in that only this morning I participated in an extended online discussion between several readers in the diocese, about the theological and practical implications of holding services online, especially Holy Communion. The points that Hooker raises, especially about instrumentality, powerfully reinforce the necessity of our physical presence — amongst other things, of course.
    I hope it is acceptable to you if I send the link to the friends I was speaking with this morning (before I had seen your message). I will, of course, give credit to your blog for pointing us in this helpful direction.
    Thank you!

    • I am glad this has proven directly relevant! Do pass it along to any whom it may help. It is a hard thing sitting here without the Eucharist these many weeks

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