Online with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership: April 12 – May 31
Videoconferences: This course does not include videoconferences.
What We Believe: Theology in the Anglican Tradition
It has become rather commonplace to suppose that Anglican Christians care mostly about liturgy and not very much about theology. While there are some good reasons for that characterization, it’s not historically accurate. Anglican traditions exhibit a rich and diverse history of theological reflection. One of the contributions of that history has been the insistence that how Christians think and talk about God makes a critical difference in what Christians believe. In that regard, Anglicans have consistently turned to the communal nature of theological reflection, or the importance of conversation in how we “do” theology. As the product of a living tradition, Anglican theology is in constant and evolving dialogue with the diverse contexts in which it takes shape. In this course we will explore our theological roots in the Anglican tradition and will engage the tradition from the perspectives we bring to the conversation as we explore some of the major doctrines in Christian theology.
Online Instructor: The Rev. Dr. John Kater studied at Columbia University, the General Theological Seminary and McGill University in Montreal. He has served as a parish priest in the US as well as the Education Officer in Panama. In 1990 he joined the faculty of CDSP as Professor of Ministry Development and was the director of CALL for its first ten years. Officially retired, John continues to teach at CDSP in the fall semester as Professor Emeritus. Each spring he serves as Visiting Professor at Ming Hua Theological College in Hong Kong.
Readings: Posted online by the instructor.