Subject Code THL315 (Also available as postgraduate subject THL440)_

Subject Name Anglican Foundations

Duration Delivered by intensive over three Saturdays by Abp Phillip Aspinall

Availability Semester 2 each year

Level Advanced

Subject Units 8

Core/Elective Elective

Delivery Mode Face to face at St Francis College; or External – a student can log in to listen and participate; or View the lecture via video later.

Student Workload Contact hours 3 Saturdays 9.00am-4.00pm

Reading, study and preparation 3-4 hours per week Assignment preparation 3-4 hours per week

TOTAL: 160 hours in the semester

Prerequisites Students are recommended to have prior knowledge equivalent to or studied THL111 Introduction to Systematic Theology.

Incompatible Subjects Not available to students who have completed subject 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.

Prescribed Texts

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


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 I & II

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment is through two essays, chosen from a selection of topics for each essay.

Essay 1: Value: 40%, Due Date: Late-Aug 2019, Length: 2000 words

Essay 2: Value: 60%, Due Date: Mid October, Length: 3000 words