The unit introduces students to the basic teachings of the Christian faith through a Lutheran theological lens. It covers The Trinity, Theology of the Cross, God as Creator, on-going creation, image of God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, theories of the atonement, justification, the Two Kingdoms, law and gospel, the means of grace (baptism and the Lord’s Supper) saint and sinner, Christian hope. All this is done with reference to the contemporary context in which students do theology, especially schools and churches.

Unit code: CT1002L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and discuss the distinctive teachings of the Christian faith


Identify Scripture-based and gospel-centred foundations of Lutheran theology and apply these as they investigate areas of theology


Examine contemporary issues in the light of their theological knowledge, and compose theologically-sound responses to them

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 1 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies (e.g. engagement with online learning materials, audio/video, tasks, forums, and asynchronous discussion) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartsch, Malcolm. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools. Adelaide, SA: Openbook Howden, 2013.
  • Carlson, Richard F., and Tremper Longman III. Science, creation and the Bible: reconciling rival theories of origins. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2010.
  • Hebart, Friedemann. One in the gospel: the Formula of Concord for our day. 2nd ed. Adelaide, SA: Openbook, 2000.
  • Braaten, Carl E. Essential Lutheranism: theological perspectives on Christian faith and doctrine. Delhi, NY: American Lutheran Publicity Bureau, 2012.
  • Forde, Gerhard. Justification by faith: a matter of death and life. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012.
  • Jones, Beth Felker. Practicing Christian doctrine: an introduction to thinking and living theologically. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Kolb, Robert. The Christian faith: a Lutheran exposition. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1993.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian theology: an introduction. 5th ed. New York, NY: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • Schwarz, Hans. The Christian faith: a creedal account. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Veith, Gene Edward. The spirituality of the cross: the way of the first evangelicals. Rev. ed. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

A collection of responses and reflections that encapsulate key aspects of learning across unit topics

1500 40.0

Depict visually the theology of Law and Gospel and provide a written commentary

1000 20.0

Christian hope

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 3 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-03 16:12:17 +1000