Anglican History & Theology II: Dvlp. of the Tradition with Prof. Sam Fornecker

DESCRIPTION: This course surveys the key characters, crises, and developments which shaped the Anglican tradition from the career of Richard Hooker to the rise of global Anglicanism. Attention is given to key controversies of the late sixteenth- through the early eighteenth-centuries over ecclesiastical divisions, soteriology, Trinity, reason, and revelation. Students will assess the major reception movements of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries (evangelicalism, pre-Tractarian High Church, Oxford Movement), and consider their development and maturation throughout twentieth and twenty-first century Anglican theological reflection.

DATES: Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, Sept 8th-Dec 21st

FORMAT: Both lectures and tutorials will take place over Zoom with Prof. Sam Fornecker and Prof. Sam Pascoe (course tutor).  In addition to lectures and tutorials, students will also have weekly reading and assignments corresponding to the level at which they have chosen to take the course.  

COST: For seminary credit with Gordon Conwell – $900 ~OR~ For continuing education/audit – $350. Audit students will participate in tutorials, but have less reading and assignments, and receive a pass/fail grade. This is the ideal option for ordinands and curates who need Anglican training but not seminary credit.

BIO: The Rev’d Dr. Sam Fornecker serves as Associate Rector at Church of the Incarnation in Harrisonburg, Virginia, having previously served churches in North Carolina and Cambridge. He studied English literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, trained for ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and completed doctoral studies in historical theology at the University of Cambridge.  As a pastor and an ecclesial fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians, Sam aims to stimulate historical-theological reflection on the Gospel as it has been received, proclaimed, and practiced throughout the history of orthodox Anglicanism. He and his wife have three children.

If you have any questions, please contact Rev’d Randy Forrester ( – 843-284-4320.

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