*NEW FALL 2014*
The Theology and Worship of the English Reformation Track is designed to equip those in ministry to understand the doctrinal and liturgical reforms of the 16th and 17th centuries.
The received traditions of Catholic faith and practice were rethought in 16th century Britain along the “evangelical” lines of the Reformation, resulting in a consistent though broad Protestantism lived and expressed through the Book of Common Prayer. The early English evangelicals did find a middle-way of sorts, but not as is often imagined a via media between the Reformation and Rome. Rather, the English Reformation listened to and learned from both the Lutheran and Reformed traditions and attempted to express and embody a Protestantism that could include both (or at least not exclude either).
This track encourages an understanding of the mutuality of theology and worship and considers the complexity of contextualization, as well as the process of learning from the past for the sake of the present.
A graduate of the Theology and Worship of the English Reformation Track will be capable of:
• Understanding the complex social, political, and theological conditions that lead to and shaped the English Reformation
• Understanding the social, political, and theological consequences of the English Reformation
• Seeing the interconnectedness of doctrinal and liturgical reform
• Learning from and thinking with the worship and theology of the English Reformation for contemporary ministry
• The English Reformation: 1519-1688
• The Theology of Cranmer and the Book of Common Prayer (1549 &1552)
The Theology of the English Reformers (choose one)
• Theology of Thomas Cranmer
• The Theology of the Elizabethan Divines
• The Theology of the Protestant Reformers in England
• The Shape and Theology of the Thirty-Nine Articles
Understanding the Present: Turning Points from a Protestant Perspective (choose one)
• Turning Points: Laudianism, Tractarianism, and the 1979 Book of Common Prayer
• Comparing the Prayer Books: From 1549-1979
• The Americanization of the English Reformation: The Great Awakening, the Revolution, and the Rest
4 elective courses
• Rev. Dr. Ashley Null (the world’s leading Cranmer scholar)
• Dr. Gerald Bray (editor of Documents of the English Reformation)
• Dr. Jonathan Linebaugh
• Rev. Dr. Justin Holcomb
The final project will be an historical and theological study that looks back to the English Reformation as it looks forward to the contexts and conditions of contemporary ministry. The student will engage with an aspect of the liturgical, social, political, and theological transformations that occurred during and/or after the English Reformation. This research will facilitate an understanding of the complexities of contextualization, the deep mutuality of doctrinal and liturgical reform, and the process of listening to and learning from the past for the sake of the present. The project concludes with a consideration of the ways in which the materials studied can serve contemporary ministry.
The first course in this track is being offered in January 2015. To view all courses being offered, please see the DMin course schedule.