Anglican Studies

A Three-Week Series for Seminarians, Clergy and Laity

April 27 to May 17, 2011
School of Christian Vocation and Mission
Princeton Theological Seminary


ShareParticipants in this course will explore the distinctive contribution of Anglicanism to the history, theology, and liturgy of the Church.

The course is open to Princeton Seminary students for academic credit and to interested clergy and laity for continuing education units (CEUs). Those who register to attend for CEUs may elect to take the entire three-week course, or they may register for any one-week segment.

Dr Gordon Graham, Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary and an Anglican priest, will be the course instructor.

Course Schedule

Each class will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the days listed below. There will be a reading period in the middle of the morning.

Week 1: Lex orandi, lex credendi: the Book of Common Prayer as a theological affirmation
April 27, 28, 29 and May 2, 3

The first week of the course builds on the traditional idea that Anglican theology is embodied in its liturgy as prescribed by the Book of Common Prayer. In addition to a history of the BCP including its modern revisions, there will also be a focus on the integration of Bible, prayer and praise in its distinctive services.

Week 2: Anglican theology of sacraments
May 4, 5, 6, 9, 10

The second week focuses on more directly doctrinal topics. It considers the theology of the two principal sacraments – Baptism and Eucharist – as well as marriage and priesthood. Special attention is paid to the concepts of Real Presence and Receptionism.

Week 3: Anglican identity: history, constitution and character of the Anglican Communion
May 11, 12, 13, 16, 17

The Anglican Communion is marked by its unique ecclesiastical structure – self-governing provinces bound together through the See of Canterbury and the Instruments of Unity. The third part of the course will cover the historical emergence of the Communion, the various 'Instruments' of unity, and the schismatic movements in its history and at the present day.


Gordon Graham

Dr Gordon Graham is Henry Luce III Professor of Philosophy and the Arts at Princeton Theological Seminary and an Anglican priest, ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church and licensed in the Diocese of New Jersey.

His books include The Idea of Christian Charity (1990), Evil and Christian Ethics (2001) and The Re-enchantment of the World: Art versus Religion (2007). He has contributed to the Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology, the Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Religion, and the Cambridge Companion to Christian Philosophical Theology.

Dr Graham earned M.A. degrees from the University of St. Andrews and the University of Durham, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Durham. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's premier academy of letters, in 1999.


The registration fee for those taking the course for CEUs is $125 per week. Participants may sign up for all three weeks, for two weeks, or for just one. Each week is worth 1 CEU.

Princeton Seminary students taking the course for academic credit must register via the Office of the Registrar.

Affordable lodging (as low as $55 per night) is available in the Erdman Center for those who are not commuting. In such a case, there are many opportunities for extending your study and renewal after spending the morning in class. The Seminary's library is a tremendous resource across the street from our lodging facility, downtown Princeton and the University are within an easy walk, and New York City and Philadelphia are readily accessible by train.

Please read the Registration and Cancellation Policy before registering and then click here to register online. You may also register by downloading this registration form (.doc) and either faxing it to 609.497.0709 or mailing it to:

            School of Christian Vocation & Mission
            20 Library Place
            Princeton NJ 08540-6824

Contact Info

Additional questions may be asked by telephone at 609.497.7990 or by e-mail at scvm@ptsem.edu.