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CT9796B Foundations of Wesleyan Theology

  • Unit Code & NameCT9796B Foundations of Wesleyan Theology
  • DescriptionThis unit provides students with a comprehensive study of the foundations of 18th 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, 2019
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Lecturer(s) Assoc Prof Glen O'Brien
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning ActivitiesLectures, group work, online forums, videos
  • AssessmentsOne 3,000 word critical review of readings - 50%
    One 3,000 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.