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: CH9409T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the historical and theological contexts in which selected movements in modern theology arose


Analyse the extent to which those movements reacted to and/or accommodated the contexts in which they arose


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


Analyse 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


Critically assess the strengths of the core ideas of each movement for contemporary church life and ministry


Online guided readings, tutorial forums


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Data Analysis Report

Primary source (documentary analysis) exercise 1000 words

1000 20.0

Reflective essay: personal reflection on the theological strengths and deficiencies of one of the movements/figures studied 3000 words

3000 40.0

Research essay: critical examination of a key issue, movement or figure studied and the causes and impacts 3000 words

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 07:37:38 +1100