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.

Unit Code: CT2296B

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catherine Booth College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate the New Testament basis of Wesleyan theology and its development, in discussion, writing and/or preaching


Outline the main ideas originating from John Wesley and those of major Wesleyan scholars


Critically analyse source materials in Wesleyan studies


Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the historical context in which Wesleyan theology emerged as a discrete strand of theological thought


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the major theological themes of Wesleyan theology and their significance for subsequent theological thought

Unit sequence:

15 points in CT


Lectures, Tutorials


Description Weight (%)

1,000 word class seminar paper


1,000 word critical review of readings


2,000 word essay


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-09 15:10:26 +1000