“In view of the critical environmental problems confronting the modern world, reflection on the nature and meaning of the world and on humanity’s place in it becomes increasingly important. While Christian theology has done this for centuries, the present situation calls for a serious rethinking of many issues in the light of contemporary physics, biology and cultural history.” (Hayes, The Gift of Being, 2001). Developments in Science and Ecology challenge theology to reimagine who we are, who the Spirit of God is, who Christ is, where creation is going/moving. This unit will present a renewed Theology of Creation in the light of these challenges. In addition, this unit engages these challenges particularly in response to the developments in our expanded understanding of the world through science, especially cosmology and a significant response to the ecological crisis through an examination of the landmark encyclical, Laudato Si (2015).

Unit code: CT2020Y

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Mode determined at Scheduling

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Examine the biblical material for a renewed theology of Creation.


Identify and explain the significant insights from the ecological and cosmological understanding of our world (creation).


Evaluate the theological nature and place of the human person in relationship with creation.


Apply concern for the environment as presented in Laudato Si to solidarity with the poor


Identify elements of a theology of creation relevant to the new challenges.


Unit sequence

18 points in CT or equivalent


Synchronous Lectures and Seminars.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Coloe, Mary L, ed. Creation Is Groaning: Biblical and Theological Perspectives. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2013.
  • Edwards, Denis. Earth Revealing--Earth Healing: Ecology and Christian Theology. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2001.
  • Fergusson, David. The Cosmos and the Creator: An Introduction to the Theology of Creation. Cunningham Lectures, 1996. London: SPCK, 1998.
  • Francis. Laudato Si: Encyclical Letter. Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2015.
  • Hayes, Zachary. The Gift of Being: A Theology of Creation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2011.
  • Hibbs, Thomas. A Theology of Creation. Indiana: Notre Dame University Press, 2023.
  • Johnson, Elizabeth. Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love. London: Continuum Book, 2014.
  • Lane, Dermot. Theology and Ecology in Dialogue: The Wisdom of Laudato Si. Dublin: Messenger Publications, 2020.
  • O’Callaghan, Paul. God’s Gift to the Universe: An Introduction to Creation Theology. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 2022.
  • Peters, Ted. Cosmos As Creation: Theology and Science in Consonance. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay - Minor paper

Minor paper focused on the current challenges to our world and a renewed theology of creation.

1800 40.0
Essay - Major Paper 2700 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 27 Jun, 2023

Unit record last updated: 2023-11-20 09:58:23 +1100