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Courses in Wesley Studies
THEO 0629 John Wesley and the Mission of God
An examination of the mission of the church today in terms of the Trinitarian mission of God (missio dei) drawing upon learnings from the life and experience of John Wesley and of early Methodism as a movement of evangelism, renewal, and mission within the larger Christian Church. Students will explore the witness of John and Charles Wesley, the dynamics of early Methodism, and the relevance of these precedents for comprehensive (holistic) mission today, especially in the current Canadian context. Same as MISS 0629.
THEO 0643 The Life and Work of Charles Wesley
Examines the life, spiritual formation, poetic genius and theological contribution of Charles Wesley through an investigation of his sermons, verse, journals and correspondence. Students will become familiar with his appreciation of other poets, the manner in which he advanced the English hymn in the wake of its “father” (Isaac Watts) and the simultaneity of his Anglican churchmanship and evangelical zeal. Same as HIST 0766. Recommended: THEO 0531 and THEO 0522.
Courses that Feature Wesley and the Methodist Tradition
SPIR 0610 (3) Protestant Spiritual Traditions
—A team-taught, comparative study of Reformed, Anglican, Anabaptist/Baptistic, Methodist and Pentecostal/charismatic traditions of spirituality. Same as THEO 0637.
MISS 0623 (3) Renewing the Church for Mission
— Focuses on the recurring phenomenon of renewal in the church as a key aspect of a biblical and contemporary ecclesiology. Church renewal will be explored through an examination of historical and contemporary examples of renewal movements and an engagement with the biblical and theological questions raised by the persistent presence of such movements in church history. Implications will be drawn for church life and mission today. Same as THEO 0623.
THEO 0631 Advanced Christian Doctrine - Ecclesiology
This course introduces students to classical and contemporary issues in ecclesiology, with particular emphasis on the tension between the church’s communal life and its mission in the world. The first part of the course covers major ecclesiological questions by way of a historical and ecumenical survey of the doctrine of the church. The second part engages questions of renewal and mission in a post-Christian environment.
THEO 0653 (3) Creation and New Creation: Salvation and the Renewal of the Earth
— Studies the biblical theology of salvation, particularly as it relates to the place of the created order in God’s redemptive plan, earth stewardship and the meaning of “the restoration of all things” in the New Creation by the Spirit through the salvific and healing work of Jesus Christ. Draws on biblical, historical and systematic theology, cross-referencing to contemporary ecological and environmental issues.