Methodist Doctrine

About This Course

This module examines the distinctive features of Methodist doctrine as theological reflection embedded in the praxis of Methodism and directed towards personal, communal and social transformation. Contents: The module provides an overview of the major theological loci from a Methodist perspective. It critically examines the roots of the distinctive Methodist perspective in the writings of Wesley and provides constructive formulation of this perspective in dialogue with contemporary theology both within and without the Methodist tradition.


  1. Participation in the block seminar concluding the course and satisfactory completion of all course exercises.
  2. To have read the Book of Discipline 2016 Part III: “Doctrinal Standards and our Theological Task” before the course starts
  3. To undertake each week to:
    • Read the introduction to the topic on the e-Academy website
    • Read and evaluate the prescribed texts
    • Complete all on-line exercises
  4. Submit a final paper of 3000 words if working at a Bachelors level or 5000 if working at a Masters level.

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Jorgen Thaarup

My basic theological education I received from the United Methodist Theological Seminary Överås in Gothenburg in 1980. During the time as a pastor of several local churches in Denmark, I studied at the University of Aarhus and completed in 1998 a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Wesley Seminary in Washington DC. Since 2010 I have worked on a Doctoral Dissertation on the theologies of John Wesley and NFS Grundtvig, and I expect to defend the Thesis at the University of Gothenburg this spring. My appointments in the United Methodist Church have first of all been to local churches, where my longest location was in Strandby Methodist Church for 25 years. Now I am a pastor of the Copenhagen Methodist Church. For many years I also was appointed to part time teaching ministry. First as a teacher in several subjects at the United Methodist Theological Seminary in Gothenburg, and during 10 years as a Dean of the Seminary. After 2010 where the United Methodist Church joined the new Equmenia Church in Sweden and the theological seminaries of three denominations have emerged into Stockholm Theological High school, I have been a part time teacher in systematic theology at that school.

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