A SHORT SUMMARY OF WHAT CANDIDATES OUGHT TO KNOW IN EACH
OF THE SEVEN CANONICAL AREAS
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- I. The Holy Scriptures
- The various scholarly approaches to biblical criticism - their values
- Principles and practice of exegesis and hermeneutics.
- Chronology, history, important personalities in the Old Testament, New
Testament and Apocrypha.
- Geography of biblical lands.
- Knowledge of world events and their effects upon the development of
the Judeo-Christian tradition.
- Gospel narratives in Johannine and Synoptic traditions, including Acts.
- Theme, contents and historical context of each Old and New Testament
- Major theological developments in the entire tradition.
- Biblical sources of Christian creeds and historical doctrines.
- II. Church History, including the Ecumenical Movement
- Major events and personalities from Apostolic and Patristic times through
medieval and reformation periods to the present - in relationship to their
historical and social contexts.
- Development of distinctive Church institutions, formation of the canon
of scripture, doctrinal development, heresies, theological controversies,
creeds, classical writings, missionary expansion.
- Church of England from beginning to present, especially the Reformation
period and since - Caroline Divines, evangelical revival, Tractarians,
expansion of the Anglican Communion, Anglican role in ecumenical movement.
- The Episcopal Church from beginning to present in context of American
Church history in general - major events and personalities.
- Modern missionary movement, biblical and theological basis, relation
to Ecumenical Movement.
- General knowledge of Comparative religions.
- III. Christian Theology, including Missionary Theology and Missiology
- Doctrines: Revelation, Creation, Sin, Christology, Atonement, Trinity,
Soteriology, Church, Sacraments, Missiology and Eschatology.
- History of Christian thought: Church Fathers, creedal development, Anglican
tradition, recent developments.
- Application: ascetical, hermeneutical, apologetic - relation to contemporary
understandings of human nature in both individual and social dimensions.
- IV. Christian Ethics and Moral Theology
- The sources of Christian ethics and moral theology, including the Holy
Scriptures, Christian tradition and experience.
- Major ethical theories and major figures in the field.
- The nature, focus and justification for "the good" including
the relation between God, Christ and the good.
- The nature of moral agency, including the understanding of such issues
as freedom, responsibility, obligation, virtue, conscience and character.
- Moral judgment, including the knowledge of the relation between religious
belief and moral judgment.
- The place of spirituality in Anglican teaching about the moral life.
- Major moral issues facing Christians, past and present, and how Anglican
moral theologians have resolved or might resolve them.
- V. Studies in Contemporary Society, including Racial and Minority Groups
- Current social issues and problems, such as poverty, homelessness, hunger,
racism, injustice, addiction, crime, illegitimacy, child abuse, war and
peace, environmental pollution, etc.
- Ways in which the Church and Christian individuals have addressed and
may address these.
- Current concerns peculiar to major ethnic groups in the USA.
- VI. Liturgics and Church Music
- Christian worship and music according to the contents and use of the
Book of Common Prayer and the the various hymnals.
- Historical development of Christian worship from Jewish origins to
- Theological understanding of the role and function of worship in the
life of individuals and of the Church.
- Sacramental theology.
- Esthetic and nonverbal elements of worship.
- The role of music in particular.
- Evolution, contents and use of the Book of Common Prayer, the Hymnal
1982, and other authorized liturgical and musical resources.
VII. Theory and Practice of Ministry
- Theology of vocation and of all forms of ministry.
- Ministerial roles of laity, diaconate, priesthood and episcopate.
- Duties and responsibilities of clergy in contemporary Church.
- Nature and significance of pastoral care.
- Knowledge of the practice of preaching, counselling, spiritual direction,
the education of people of all ages, parish administration, stewardship,
- Polity of our Church, Constitution and Canons, national and local.
The GOE Administrator,
Further information may be obtained from:
The Rev. Dr. Richard Tombaugh
920 Farmington Avenue, Suite 202
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone (860) 233-2271
Fax (860) 233-2644
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