Unit Code P-X

T7287 Wesleyan Theology

This unit introduces the Wesleyan theological tradition. Wesleyan distinctives are explored and set within their broad social and historical context. The unit investigates the 18th century theological developments which gave rise to Wesleyan theology, the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Pietist influences, Wesley’s so-called ‘Quadrilateral’ (scripture, tradition, reason, experience), the central doctrines of universal grace, the new birth, Christian perfection, and the Witness of the Spirit. There is a focus on the application of Wesleyan thought to social justice and social reform, and the impact and subsequent development of Wesley’s thought.

Study Level Undergraduate
Discipline Theology
Credit Points 9
Prerequisites T7101 Introduction to Theology or T7105 Introduction to Christian Doctrines

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify the major theological influences on the developing Wesleyan tradition
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the historical context in which Wesleyan theology emerged as a discrete strand of theological thought
  3. Evaluate key Wesleyan themes, such as prevenient grace, the new birth and Christian perfection, and their significance for subsequent theological thought
  4. Analyse source materials in the unit
  5. Creatively apply Wesleyan insights to Christian life and discipleship
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