Endorsements for my book on Richard Hooker

I am pleased to announce that my book, Richard Hooker: A Companion to His Life and Work, should be coming off the presses at Cascade Books within the next couple weeks.  Over the coming weeks, I’ll be posting some excerpts and summaries, Lord willing, but first, it is with deep gratitude that I share the kind endorsements of two of the very finest Hooker scholars currently writing, Prof. Torrance Kirby and Rev. Can. Prof. Paul Avis:

“’Richard Hooker’ is a name that many church people have heard of, but few have ever dipped into his works. When encountering this greatest of Anglican theologians for the first time, we need a guide and interpreter. Dr Littlejohn’s compact study of Richard Hooker will fill a gap in the literature and prove an eye-opener to non-specialists. He brings to bear an impressive range and depth of scholarship and critical insight to set Hooker in the context of the controversies of his times and guides us through the maze of contemporary interpretations of Hooker’s thought and significance.”—Rev. Can. Prof. Paul Avis, Honorary Professor of Theology and Director of the Centre for the Study of the Christian Church at the University of Exeter

“Brad Littlejohn’s monograph on Richard Hooker offers a splendidly accessible introduction to the ‘life and work’ of this eminent but popularly neglected early-modern English theologian and philosopher.  The book situates Hooker helpfully both in the broad context of the continental Reformation and in the polemics of the late Elizabethan church. Chapters investigate Hooker’s reputation as a pastor, philosopher, and polemicist. His standing among the early leaders of magisterial protestant reform is given particularly close and careful attention. The Hooker portrayed here is not the customary hagiography, but rather an illuminating revisionist impression. Littlejohn provides an insightful guide to Hooker’s approach to Law, Scripture, the doctrine of the church, and political theology. He observes in passing that ‘Protestants are often unsure where to turn to in finding a robust foundation for ethical and political reasoning in our tradition.’ This volume offers an excellent point of departure in this quest, and is highly recommended to both scholars and to a general, non-specialist readership.” —Prof. W.J. Torrance Kirby, Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Director of the Center for Research on Religion at McGill University


Two Births and an Annunciation

I’m afraid I’m not in a position to crank this blog back into life in any sustained way just yet (though I will probably be posting a few odds and ends), but I will break the silence to make a trio of announcements (a couple days late for the Feast of the Annunciation, but oh well…).  If you know me on Facebook, you’ll already know all about the first two, so you can skip down to #3, which is all-new and hot off the press, so to speak.

Birth #1

First, I am proud to announce the birth of my son Oliver Aaron, born Sunday, March 23rd at 11:00 PM, and weighing in at 7 lbs., 9 oz., exactly the same as my first son, Soren.  He’s a handsome enough fellow, but he scowls a lot, with the air of someone indignant at being hauled out of his warm comfortable cave into the cold, hard world.  I am prognosticating that he will be the first of our children to display reclusive or anti-social tendencies. Read More