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: Eva Burrows 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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1,000 word class seminar paper

0 25.0
Critical Review

1,000 word critical review of readings

0 25.0

2,000 word essay

0 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-15 14:25:01 +1100