The Restoration Movement

The unit The Restoration Movement explores the theological values and drivers of various Christian groups that have sought out a new way of expressing Christianity in their own context. By surveying the motives and historical setting of each of these groups a larger picture emerges of their common values. This course will have a particular emphasis on a group known as the Restoration Movement, for whom the theological drive to seek fresh frontiers to explore the Christian faith, in new and practical ways, is held to be an effective approach to Christian thought. The unit is an Elective unit and may form part of a Major in Church History within the Bachelor awards.

Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points






Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. articulate the key theological features of various groups that throughout history have sought renewal, restoration, or reformation of the Church.
  2. explain the theological emphases of the Restoration Movement
  3. analyse the role-specific historical and sociological factors have played in influencing change within Christianity, with particular reference to the Restoration Movement
  4. assess the significance of the theological similarities and differences of the reformative groups studied
  5. apply the insights of the historical development of the Restoration Movement to contemporary ‘Frontier Thinkers’; with a focus on the strengths and weaknesses of new directions.
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