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.
Learning ActivitiesLectures, group work, online forums, videos
*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.