This unit examines the contemporary resurgence of interest in the doctrine of the Trinity through exposure to representative theologians in the field of Trinitarian theology, both classical and contemporary.

Unit code: CT2297B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and describe the importance of the key biblical passages that give rise to Trinitarian reflection.


Analyse some of the critical issues in contemporary and classical discourse on the Trinity.


Articulate the practical implications of the doctrine of the Trinity for the church’s life and witness.


Demonstrate the value of the doctrine of the Trinity as constitutive of Christian identity and action in the world.


Discuss the place of the Christological debates of the fourth and fifth centuries in establishing Trinitarian orthodoxy

Unit sequence

18 points foundational in CT


Lectures, tutorials, online videos, online meetings, class discussions, discussion boards

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anatolios, Khaled. Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2018.
  • Ayers, Lewis. Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Coakley, Sarah. God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay 'On the Trinity'. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Holmes, Stephen R.The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity. Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 2012.
  • Jenson, Robert W. Systematic Theology-Volume 1: The Triune God. New York: Oxford UP, 1997.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. The Trinity: Global Perspectives. Louisville: WJKP, 2007.
  • Matthews, Gareth B., ed. Augustine: On the Trinity. Trans. Stephen McKenna. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Rahner, Karl. The Trinity. Milestones in Catholic Theology series. Freiburg: Herder & Herder, 1997.
  • Swain, Scott R. The Trinity: An Introduction. Wheaton: Crossway, 2020.
  • Torrance, T. F. The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being, Three Persons. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1996.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

Class Presentation 1,000 words

1000 20.0
Learning Resource

Learning Resource on the Trinity 1,000 words

1000 20.0

Essay 2,000 words

2000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 18 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-18 10:45:32 +1000