Thomas Hooker

Status
Not open for further replies.

VirginiaHuguenot

Puritanboard Librarian
Thomas Hooker (July 5, 1586 - July 7, 1647), English Puritan (invited to attend the Westminster Assembly but declined), was notable for writing The Poor Doubting Christian Drawn to Christ, A Brief Exposition of the Lord's Prayer, a catechism entitled An Exposition of the Principles of Religion, the introduction to William Ames' A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in Worship, and assisted in the preparation of the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, among other works.

Cotton Mather called him "the Light of the Western Churches." * Dr. Thomas Goodwin said of him, "if any of our late Preachers and Divines came in the Spirit and power of John Baptist this man did." **

* Cotton Mather, Magnalia Christi Americana, (New York: Russell & Russell, 1967), p. 350.
** Thomas Goodwin, Preface to The Application of Redemption, (London: Peter Cole, 1657), To the Reader.

Source

[Edited on 5-2-2006 by VirginiaHuguenot]
 

VirginiaHuguenot

Puritanboard Librarian
A Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock toast to this New England Puritan who was born on July 5 and died on July 7! Prost!

28551.jpg


[Edited on 7-6-2006 by VirginiaHuguenot]
 

Peter

Puritan Board Junior
If I remember correctly, Hooker was a fervent Episcopalian and defender of the divine right of kings. One of the few consistent ones that refused to join the state or church of the Revolution and remained a Jacobin.
 

VirginiaHuguenot

Puritanboard Librarian
Originally posted by Peter
If I remember correctly, Hooker was a fervent Episcopalian and defender of the divine right of kings. One of the few consistent ones that refused to join the state or church of the Revolution and remained a Jacobin.

Thomas Hooker was a Congregationalist. Richard Hooker was an Anglican.
 

Don Kistler

Puritan Board Sophomore
Thomas Hooker was a master at dealing with troubled souls. His "Poor Doubting Christian" came out of his experience dealing with a woman in his congregation who was sure that she had committed the unpardonable sin. John Dod, among other notable divines, had been unsuccessful in soothing her conscience. But Hooker was able to show her biblically that she could not have committed that tragic offense.

Don Kistler
 

Peter

Puritan Board Junior
Wow, I just read this http://puritansermons.com/pdf/murray4.pdf about Hooker.

1. Hooker was a master at preaching against presumption and the nominial christian. Some ignorant moderns have criticized him for being too legal for stressing duty in holiness and conversion.
2. Yet he was also concerned with comforting poor doubting souls.
3. And yet he also emphasised inability and the need of the new birth. Murray points out the difference Hooker and the Puritans held between man's activity in Regeneration versus Conversion. Man is completely passive in regeneration but conversion is the process of man's response to God's grace.
4. He stressed that the unregenerate soul must first be prepared to receive Christ by true knowledge and conviction of sin. First he must see his sinfulness then he must see his helplessness then he can come to Christ.
5. He believed assurance of salvation begins with faith and that it does not wait for sanctification, however, a stronger, more mature degree of assurance cannot be found without examination of inward graces.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top