Anglican Foundations

THL315 / THL440

This subject explores the development of Anglican faith and life since its beginnings in England. It examines the distinctive features of method and content in Anglican theology through selected studies in ecclesiology, ethics, worship and spirituality. Special attention is given to the analysis of the writings of major Anglican theologians and influential commentaries on Anglican history and tradition. Anglicanism in the Australian context is also explored.


Delivered by intensive over three Saturdays (9am -4pm)


Semester 2 every year

Subject Points




Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton; or Externally – log in to listen and participate or view the lecture via video later.


THL111 (recommended)

There are no prescribed texts, but all articles and chapters pertinent to a lecture are available electronically through the CSU website.

Prescribed Texts

Essay 1: Value 40%, Length 2000 words

Essay 2: Value 60%, Length 3000 words



This subject will cover the following topics:

  • An overview of Anglican faith and life today.

  • Early Anglicanism: Celtic saints, Augustine, Bede, etc

  • The Reformation in England: Jewell, Cranmer and 39 Articles

  • Hooker on Church and Sacraments

  • Scripture, Reason and Tradition.

  • The Vocation of Anglicanism

  • The Structure of the Anglican Communion

  • Selected Anglican theologians, poets, artists and mystics

  • Selected movements – the Oxford Movement and the Evangelical Revival

  • Anglicanism in Australia

  • Anglicanism in the Modern Era

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of major developments within the history of the Anglican communion from its early origins in England to its current global expressions;

  • be able to analyse and critically review distinctive features of Anglican theology and theological method, particularly in relation to an understanding of the church and its ministry, ethics and spiritual disciplines;

  • be able to contextualise and communicate a variety of recent interpretations of the significance of Anglican contributions to contemporary world Christianity;

  • be able to articulate the relevance and implications of Anglicanism in the Australian context;

  • be able to demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of the work of either a major Anglican theologian or a significant movement within Anglicanism; and

  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including advanced research, writing and communication skills.