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SELECTIONS

FROM THE

WORKS

OF THE LEARNED AND JUDICIOUS

RICHARD HOOKER.

1. LAW AND OBEDIENCE NECESSARY TO ORDER IN CHURCH

AND STATE.

2. THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND, HER LITURGY, RITES, AND

CEREMONIES.

3. CHRISTIAN FAITH AND DUTY,

BY THE REV. HENRY CLISSOLD, M.A.

MINISTER OF STOCKWELL CHAPEL, LAMBETH.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR C. J. G. & F. RIVINGTON,

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH-YARD,

AND WATERLOO-PLACE, PALL-MALL.

1831.

LONDON:

GILBERT & RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,

ST. JOHN'S-SQUARE.

NV

TO HIS GRACE

THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY

THIS LITTLE VOLUME OF SELECTIONS

FROM THE WORKS OF

THE JUDICIOUS AND LEARNED HOOKER,

IS

MOST RESPECTFULLY AND HUMBLY

INSCRIBED.

INTRODUCTION.

The writings of the learned and judicious Hooker have been to many a sealed book. His reasonings are frequently very abstruse, his researches exceedingly profound, and many subjects of his discussion not calculated to arrest the attention of the ordinary reader: and yet his works abound with the most important practical truths, developed in the plainest and most forcible manner. These are now selected and presented to the reader in this little volume.

The first three chapters of it, after having shewn the existence and attributes of the Supreme Being, proceed to prove, that what is usually called the Law of Nature is none other than the Law of God, and that an Obedience to that Law is essential to Order in the moral, as well as in the material world, and consequently in every civil and religious community.

It is deeply to be lamented that these subjects have not yet been sufficiently regarded in a course of general instruction; as a right knowledge and

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