Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Icon of Anglicanism?

It’s very interesting that Hooker is often portrayed as the icon of Anglicanism. Without a doubt this is reading something back into the late C16 and early C17 that was not true during his lifetime or the early C17. Rather it was Andrewes who was the preacher at Court and the centre of apologetic controversies for King James I. It was Andrewes who held to episcopacy jure divino and not Hooker. It was Andrewes who portrayed a Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist over against a Continental or Calvinistic doctrine. Hooker comes nowhere close to Andrewes on Eucharistic presence of efficacy. Where Hooker describes efficacy as ‘spiritual nourishment’, Andrewes goes much further to describe efficacy via the Sacrament providing forgiveness of sins. Andrewes does not insist on the faithfulness of the recipient as the determinant for presence but rather speaks of an objective presence within the elements themselves. Andrewes exhorts the Church to seek Christ in the Sacrament and Hooker in the worthy recipient of the Sacrament. I can’t help but think that Article XXIX was suppressed in some way that appears to reject an objective presence that Andrewes espouses.


Blogger Pontificator said...

Jeff, I eagerly await the completion of your dissertation, which I presume you will eventually edit and publish as a book. Andrewes is a fascinating theological figure.

8:08 pm  
Blogger Jeff said...

Thanks for dropping in Al! I find that the question of how an Andrewes was given such preferments with his positions is a very interesting one to say the least. It does seem to me that Andrewes is given a critique of the English Reformation in his day to communicate that it was becoming a non-Catholic Church and needed to return to its patristic roots in order to maintain the claim of its catholicity. We'll see where this all gets me!

9:08 pm  
Blogger James the Thickheaded said...

Agree with your note and your comment. Started reading Hooker...and he has his moments where he comes in handy...such as the "The Good Lord gave miracles to those who would claim to serve as his prophets...that the laymen might believe...." but then he tends to dry up (I'm only paraphrasing here, so forgive me). But Andrewes seems like the real deal...or at least the real deal as I/we would have had it. If my recollection is right, he was also noted for his witticisms...which in my view suggests he had not only the insight, but what I refer to as the temprament...the sort of Monty Python humility that senses of our own ridiculousness....that yet results in the joy of living within God's grace.
For as I would put it, we know indeed that it is but for God's grace that we continue. I think Merton once remarked on God's sense of humor....few others seem to admit this...but outside of worship and adoration, it is a very key part of my experience of the almighty.

If Al Kimmel is checking in, then I am sure he recognizes the precedence and stature of the keeper of the Holy Hand Grenade: "Lord, may the key to thy ever loving holy handrenade ever stay within thy safe position."

4:02 am  

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