This unit will provide an overview of the sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation, from historical, liturgical and theological perspectives. Students undertaking this unit will learn about these two sacraments in the early church and in the Coptic tradition. A major part of this unit will examine the Coptic understanding of these two Sacraments and present the key elements of Coptic sacramental theology. The unit will consider the theological reflection these developments occasioned, particularly the major theological issues of rebaptism, infant baptism and the meaning of the Baptism. The unit will then investigate the Meaning, the Practice and the rite of Chrismation of the early church and in the Coptic church.

Unit Code: CT2619A

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate an understanding of the origin, history, value and theological meaning of baptism and chrismation in the early church.


Describe the relationship between the teachings of the early Fathers of the Church and the Coptic tradition on the two sacraments


Explain the theology of the two sacraments as articulated by Coptic Church


Discuss the liturgical structure of the rites of baptism and chrismation in the Coptic Church


eekly sessions, comprising guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and opportunities for online collaboration.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 1000 words

0 25.0

Essay 2500 words

0 50.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation Equivalent to 1000 words with submitted script

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-10 13:09:29 +1000