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CT9296B Foundations of Wesleyan Theology

  • Unit Code & NameCT9296B Foundations of Wesleyan Theology
  • Description

    This 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.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46015
  • LevelPostgraduate Elective
  • Semester2. Semester 1, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Date

    21 February to 27 May 2022

    You will be expected to attend weekly tutorials via Zoom on Tuesdays from 2.00 to 3.00 pm throughout the semester except during the set non-teaching weeks.

    We recommend that you allocate 12 hours a week for all study activities.

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

    CT8296B Foundations of the Wesleyan Holiness Tradition (superseded Postgraduate Foundational level unit)

  • Learning Activities

    Lectures, tutorials

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

  • Assessments

    1 x 3,500 word critical review of readings - 50%

    1 x 3,500 word essay - 50%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon 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 Books

    To undertake this unit, you are required to have access to a copy of:

    Albert C. Outler, ed. John Wesley. Library of Christian Classics (New York: Oxford University Press, 1980).

    This is a primary source collection of eighteenth-century texts with critical notes available as an eBook here:

    https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.divinity.idm.oclc.org/lib/undiv/detail.action?docID=684619

     

    Students wishing to purchase a hard copy should use the following ISBNs to ensure the correct book is purchased:

    ISBN 10 0195028104

    ISBN 13 9780195028102