Christian testimony to Christological presence is articulated in conversation with contextual issues, challenges and vicissitudes of life. This unit will draw upon theological perspectives that are generated from the interface of Christian testimony and contemporary life, such as faith, community, hope, ethics and freedom. These perspectives in turn give evidence to the character of Christological presence.

Unit code: CT1002S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and evaluate Christian testimony to Christological presence by reference to scriptural and theological sources relating to Christian faith, community, hope, ethics and freedom;


Evaluate the adequacy of selected expressions of Christology for contemporary life;


Demonstrate an awareness of epistemological and hermeneutical issues arising in the interface between Christology and human experience;


Demonstrate competence in interpreting variegated theological resources for Christian presence and testimony.

Unit sequence

This unit is foundational to the discipline of Systematic Theology. Requisite skills are developed for proceeding to elective units in theology.


Classroom: rotating lecture/discussion/group work over 3 hours per week.

Indicative Bibliography

Bultmann, R. Faith and Understanding, trans. Robert W. Funk, London: SCM, 1969.

Franke, J.R. Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth. Nashville TN: Abingdon, 2009.

Houlden, L. ed. Jesus: The Complete Guide. London: Continuum, 2005.

Kay, JF. Christus Praesens: A Reconsideration of Rudolf Bultmann’s Christology, Grand Rapids Michigan: Eerdmans, 1994.

Marsh, C. Christ in Focus: Radical Christocentrism in Christian Theology, London: SCM, 2005.

Pelikan, J. Jesus Through the Centuries: His place in the history of culture, New Haven & London, Yale UP, 1985, 1999.

Shortt, R. God’s Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2005.

Taylor, C. Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard UP, 1989.

Taylor, C. A Secular Age. Cambridge MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2007.

Von Balthasar HU. Love Alone is Credible, trans. D.C. Schindler. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Document Study - Document Study 500 15.0
Document Study - Document Study 500 15.0
Document Study - Document Study 500 15.0
Document Study - Document Study 500 15.0
Essay - Essay 2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 7 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-07 10:56:02 +1100