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CT9298B The Theology of Catherine Booth in its Historical and Contemporary Contexts

  • Unit Code & NameCT9298B 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 feminst. 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: 46197
  • LevelPostgraduate Elective
  • 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

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

  • Lecturer(s) Major Emma Moore
  • Prerequisites

    Students require a pre-requisite of at least 24 points in Church History or 24 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 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 200 word Forum posts - 30%

    1 x 2,000 word Primary source analysis - 30%

    1 x 3,000 word Essay - 40%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1.  Examine Catherine Booth's core theological ideas and identify the major historical influences upon their development.

    2.  Assess Catherine Booth's significance as a church leader and theologian within her nineteenth century context.

    3.  Appriase 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.  Critically evaluate 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.