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.
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.
Essay 1000 words
Essay 2500 words
Presentation Equivalent to 1000 words with submitted script
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