Anglican Studies, Theology

Spiritual Life in the Anglican Tradition

Taught by Dr. Sam Fornecker
Difficulty: Introductory
Crosslist: Theology
Runs 1/8 – 3/16/24
$225.00 – $399.00

This course examines the major spiritual traditions which have contributed to the emergence of what in modern denominational parlance is described as Anglicanism. Beginning with a study of the two principal western traditions, the Augustinian and the Benedictine, the study charts a course of development and integration that leads to the emergence of the Book of Common Prayer and the C16th formularies, and through that moment to the growth of constituent schools within that tradition: Caroline, “evangelical,” neo-Platonist, Romantic, and more.

Deadline to register: Friday, December 29th

The syllabus for this class is available now. You can access it here.




Auditing ($225):

participate in readings and live class sessions, but no graded assignments and no course credit

Full course (Full-Time Discount) ($275):

for-credit courses (at least four per term) toward our Certificate or M.Litt in Classical Protestantism

Full course ($399):

individual classes on a for-credit basis; you can later apply them toward a Certificate or Degree




This Anglican Studies/Theology course will be taught by Dr. Sam Fornecker, and will run from January 8th through March 16th. The syllabus will be posted when available.

This course will introduce the study and practice of spiritual life in the history of Anglican spirituality, by considering the reception, development, and critique of biblical, patristic, medieval, and modern spiritual traditions by English (later, “Anglican”) churchmen. The study will consider principal schools of spirituality represented in post-Reformation Anglicanism, and encourage discerning engagement with sources considered.

The syllabus for this class is available now. You can access it here.

Rev’d Dr. Sam Fornecker (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Associate Rector at St Andrew’s Anglican Church in Mount Pleasant, SC, Director of Seminary Programs at The Ridley Institute, and author of Bisschop’s Bench: Contours of Arminian Conformity in the Church of England, 1674–1742 (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology, 2022). He is the host of The Ridley Institute Podcast, including its bimonthly series, The New Parker Society. He lives in Charleston with his wife, four children, and zoological menagerie. Find Sam on Twitter @Sfornecker.


Online only, runs 10 weeks, meeting 2 hr./wk. via Zoom. Students will also have the option to participate in class discussion on the Davenant Common Room Discord server. Register to reserve your spot and schedule will be set after a poll of participating students; if the class time does not fit your schedule, you will be eligible for a full refund.

This is a graduate-level course. Although a BA is not a necessary pre-requisite for this course, students should come prepared to do graduate-level work.