This course takes students on a journey exploring the great historical moments, movements and famous figures that gave rise to the spirituality we would now define as Anglican. Starting with our present experience and understanding of Anglicanism, we will consider its monastic roots, its public character and the role of the laity, its relationship with the British Empire and colonialism, its emerging voices and narratives in becoming a truly universal communion, Figures like St Hilda, St Benedict, Thomas Becket, Julian of Norwich, John Wycliffe, Thomas Cranmer, Elizabeth I, Richard Hooker, John Wesley, John Henry Newman and Evelyn Underhill emerge and are considered in their immediate and long-term context, along with a few lesser known characters whose lives illuminate other aspects of the Ecclesia Anglicana. The aim of the course is to bring the historical events and people to life so we may understand the realities and challenges of particular times and how the Church responded with various theological expressions and positions unique to the Anglican Way.
We will encounter some interesting questions: What are the roots of our sense of comprehensiveness and inclusion? Why are we both Catholic and Protestant? Who are the greatest figures in Anglican history? How did the Reformation impact the Anglican Church? How can we be simultaneously sacramental, mystical, rational and intellectual? What is the via media or middle way, and is it still a valid understanding of what Anglicans are about? Can we be both venerable and viable – what does the future hold?
LS500 and HIS500 unless otherwise specified after consultation with the Instructor.
Course is available Onsite or via Zoom (synchronous only)