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Richard Hooker and the Three Kinds of Righteousness

In the seventh chapter of A Companion to Richard Hooker,1 Ranall Ingalls defends Hooker’s “Protestant” and “Reformation” credentials by pointing to his adherence to justification by faith alone and the imputed external righteousness of Christ. He supplies this quote from Hooker’s Learned Discourse on Justification:

There is a glorifyinge righteousnes of men in the Worlde to comme, and there is a justefying and a sanctefyinge righteousnes here. The righteousness wherewith we shalbe clothed in the world to comme, is both perfecte and inherente: that whereby here we are justefied is perfecte but not inherente, that whereby we are sanctified, inherent, but not perfect.

  1. A Companion to Richard Hooker, ed. Torrance Kirby (Brill, 2008), 169.

By Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.