Between Richard Hooker, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, Hooker Who Best Reflects Biblical Christianity.

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Of the three reformation era theologians: Richard Hooker, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, Hooker is the one that best reflects Biblical Christianity. His primary contribution to theology is the realization that although the Bible is authoritative oh how we are to live and love each other, there are many areas that Bible does not directly address. As such it is not the sole authority on all matters (Strauss & Cropsey, p. 358). Unlike many of his peers, Hooker realized that even saved humans needed to reason and wrestle with the scripture to find and fulfil their political and moral duties matters (Strauss & Cropsey, p. 360). God himself, Hooker proclaims, is a God of reason, whose commands are reasonable and not arbitrary (Strauss & Cropsey, p. 359). In Philippians, Paul instructs believers with knowledge of scripture that they are to work out their salvation with “fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12, New American Standard Version) encouraging believers to search and seek out the Spirit of God in applying the biblical truths instead of assuming that all of everyone’s answers fall readily from the page. In addition Isaiah, speaks of God calling people to reason with Him in accepting his offer of salvation (Isaiah 1:18). Modeling for us that even the only one worthy to demand blind obedience is unwilling to do so in order that people might truly engage in trust in Him.
John Calvin had a less scripturally accurate view of theology than Hooker. Although he rightly insisted on justification by Faith and not works (Strauss & Cropsey, p. 321) and acknowledged the excessive reliance on human reason exhibited by renaissance thinkers (Strauss & Cropsey, p. 322) he believed that there was only one true way to live a Godly life and was willing to authorize the state to punish those who refuse it. In doing so Calvin seems to overlook passages that in 2 Timothy that describe…...

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