A Short Summary of What Candidates Ought to Know in Each of the Seven Canonical Areas

May 1, 2006
I. The Holy Scriptures
  • The various scholarly approaches to biblical criticism - their values and limitations.
  • 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 book.
  • 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 present.
  • 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, and evangelism.
  • Polity of our Church, Constitution and Canons, national and local.

Further information may be obtained from:

The GOE Administrator,
The Rev. Dr. Richard Tombaugh
920 Farmington Avenue, Suite 202
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone (860) 233-2271
Fax (860) 233-2644
e-mail: gbecec@yahoo.com