This unit introduces students to a selection of some of the key figures and movements in theological history from the early 1800s to the end of the twentieth century, including: Ernst Troeltsch and the History of Religions School, Karl Barth’s ‘neo-orthodoxy’, liberation theologies, Pentecostalism, and the post-liberalism of George Lindbeck and Robert Jenson. It examines the contexts in which they arose, the intellectual, cultural and theological trends against which they were reacting, and the responses to them by their critics. Students will engage with key texts from each school, movement or figure.

Unit Code: CH3400T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the major historical and theological causes of selected movements in modern theology


Articulate the key ideas espoused by those movements and their representative figures


Describe the immediate and longer-term impacts of those various movements on the development of Christian theology


Evaluate the relative significance of each movement and/or figure to modern Christian thought


Assess the strengths of the core ideas of each movement for contemporary church life and ministry.


Lectures, tutorials, online materials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Primary source (documentary analysis) exercise (1000 words)

0 20.0

Reflective essay: personal reflection on the theological strengths and deficiencies of one of the movements/figures studied (2000 words)

0 40.0

Research essay: critical examination of a key issue, movement or figure studied and the causes and impacts (2000 words)

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-25 13:45:53 +1100