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
DateClasses will be held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3 to 14 February 9.30am to 3.00pm
Campus | 100 Maidstone St, Ringwood
*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.