This unit explores the centrality of the doctrine of the Trinity in the Christian faith, as reflected in the Christian Creeds. It moves from the study of New Testament materials to look at formative patristic developments. In addition, it examines directions taken in Trinitarian thought following its resurgence in the twentieth century, including critical examination of the implications of the doctrine for human life and creation.
Unit Code: CT9250T
Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology
Delivery Mode: Face to Face
Proposing College: Trinity College Theological SchoolShow when this Unit is running
Articulate the centrality of the doctrine of the Trinity and its theological development from its Christological foundations.
Critically assess the modern challenges to belief in God and the resurgence of trinitarian theology in the 20th century.
Articulate differences in understanding the Trinity between the Eastern and Western churches and the implications of them for their identity and differentiation and the unity of the world church.
Explicate implications of trinitarian theology for theological understanding of humanity and creation as a whole
Critically evaluate a range of 20th century theologies of the Trinity, including social and feminist accounts and their use in theology and other disciplines
CT8010T or equivalent
This unit presumes a familiarity with the major doctrinal loci of the Christian faith, the articulation of those loci in the ecumenical creeds, and with some basic awareness of the sources and methods of theological enquiry. The unit builds on this foundational knowledge by concentrating on a single doctrine in depth and the ways in which – and the reasons why – it has evolved over the centuries.
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Seminar paper and leadership of discussion (equivalent to 1,500 words)
1500 word literature review
Research essay of 3,000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 23 Oct, 2014
Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-30 11:37:13 +1000