Unit Code & NameCH3798B The Theology of Catherine Booth in its Historical and Contemporary Contexts
DescriptionThis unit introduces the student to core insights of Catherine Booth?s theology and examines their influence upon the development of The Salvation Army. It explores the movement?s self-understanding in respect of the nature of the church, the scope of ministry and the place of the sacraments by reference to key figures in the movement. Attention will be given to the theological grounding of Catherine Booth?s feminism. The relevance of her ideas to the identity and mission of the Church in the 21st century will also be explored.
PrerequisitesStudents require a pre-requisite of at least 36 points in Church History or 36 points Systematic Theology
Learning ActivitiesThe unit uses John Read?s book Catherine Booth: Laying the Theological Foundations of a Radical Movement as a lens for engaging historical and primary texts relating to the ministry of Catherine Booth.
*This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.
Assessments10 x Weekly forum posts 2,000 words - 40%
1 x Integrative essay 3,000 words - 60%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Describe Catherine Booth's core theological ideas and identify the major historical influences upon their development.
2. Locate Catherine Booth's significance as a church leader and theologian within her nineteenth century context.
3. Illustrate the impact of Booth's insights upon The Salvation Army's theology of church, ministry and sacraments and its practical expression.
4. Articulate the basis, scope and influence of Catherine Booth's feminism.
5. Assess the relevance of Catherine Booth's ideas to the mission of the Church in the 21st century, with particular reference to the Salvation Army.
Text BooksText to be purchased
Read, John. Catherine Booth: Laying the Theological Foundations of a Radical Movement. Eugene Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013.