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CT9296B Foundations of Wesleyan Theology

  • Unit Code & NameCT9296B Foundations of Wesleyan Theology
  • DescriptionThis unit provides students with a comprehensive study of the foundations of eighteenth century theological developments that gave rise to Wesleyan theology.

    It will introduce students to the antecedents of Wesleyan theology - from the early church to Arminius, and from Arminius to Wesley, noting the Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and Pietist influences.

    It will consider the key elements of Wesley's 'Quadrilateral'; the New Testament basis of the central doctrines of Wesley; the setting of Wesleyan theology within ecumenical theological thought, and its developments to the present.
  • FieldC - Christian Thought and History
  • DisciplineCT - Systematic Theology
  • Unit Points24
  • LevelPostgraduate Elective
  • Semester1, 2020
  • Delivery ModeIntensive
  • DateClasses will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 to 14 February 9.30am to 3.00pm
    Campus | 100 Maidstone St, Ringwood
  • Lecturer(s) Reverend Associate Professor Glen O'Brien
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials

    *This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.
  • AssessmentsOne 3,500 word critical review of readings - 50%
    One 3,500 word essay - 50%
  • Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1. Articulate the New Testament basis of Wesleyan theology and its development, in discussion, writing and/or preaching;
    2. Outline the main ideas originating from John Wesley and those of major Wesleyan scholars;
    3. Critically analyse source materials in Wesleyan studies;
    4. Locate Wesleyan studies in its broad historical context as a discrete strand of theological thought;
    5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the major theological themes of Wesleyan theology and their significance for subsequent theological thought, including contemporary theological discussion;
    6. Develop an in-depth critical engagement with an issue arising from Wesley's understanding of Christology, ecclesiology, or his Trinitarian hermeneutic.
  • Text BooksText to be purchased

    Albert C. Outler, ed. John Wesley. Library of Protestant Thought. New York: Oxford, 1980.