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CT3298B The Theology of Catherine Booth in its Historical and Contemporary Contexts

  • Unit Code & NameCT3298B The Theology of Catherine Booth in its Historical and Contemporary Contexts
  • Description

    This 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 question of whether and to what extent Catherine Booth may be understood as a feminist. The relevance of her ideas to the identity and mission of the Church in the twenty-first century will also be explored.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46198
  • LevelUndergraduate Level 3
  • Semester4. Semester 2, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Date

    25 July to 28 October 2022

    1 hour, weekly Zoom tutorials on Monday evenings at 7.00 pm. An alternative tutorial time will be negotiated with students at the start of the semester if they are unable to attend on Monday evenings.

    We recommend that you allocate 9 hours a week for all study activities.

    This unit will be supported by Associate Lecturer Major Emma Moore.

  • Lecturer(s) Reverend Associate Professor Glen O'Brien
  • Prerequisites

    Students require a pre-requisite of at least 36 points in Church History or 36 points Systematic Theology

  • Learning Activities

    The unit engages with primary sources by, and relating to the ministry of, Catherine Booth in order to provide a resource for the reflection upon The Salvation Army's present mission and identity.

    *This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.

  • Assessments

    10 x 100 word Weekly forum posts - 30%

    1 x 1,500 word Primary source analysis - 30%

    1 x 2,500 word Essay - 40%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon 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, sacraments and holiness and its practical expression.

    4.  Explore the place of Catherine Booth in the received historiography of the Salvation Army and assess her relevance as a resource for feminist discourse.

    5.  Assess the relevance of Catherine Booth's ideas to the mission of the Church in the twenty-first century, with particular reference to the Salvation Army.