This unit provides an introduction to the themes, nature, and scope of Christian thought, enabling students to identify the skills necessary for reading, thinking and writing during their study of theology.

Unit code: CT2701W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Understand and evaluate the origins and development of some key terms, fields and themes in theological studies


Identify a number of critical events and persons in the history of Christian thought


Demonstrate skills in critically evaluating theological arguments, both individually and in conversation with others


Articulate some important influences in their own approach to theology


Propose and defend a theological argument on a central theme in Christian theology

Unit sequence

Foundational-level unit in CT


Lectures, online discussions, tutorial discussions, online tests

Indicative Bibliography

  • Barth, Karl. Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. Translated by Grover Foley. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1979.
  • Chan, Simon. Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014.
  • Coakley, Sarah. God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Evans, James H. We Have Been Believers: An African-American Systematic Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012.
  • Ford, David. Theology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Hart, Trevor A. Faith Thinking: The Dynamics of Christian Theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995.
  • McClendon Jr., James William. Systematic Theology, Volume 2: Doctrine. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1994.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. 5th ed., Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology. 3rd ed., Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014.
  • Morse, Christopher. Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief. 2nd ed., Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press, 2008.
  • The Rainbow Spirit Elders. Rainbow Spirit Theology: Toward an Australian Aboriginal Theology. 2nd ed., Hindmarsh: ATF Press, 2012.
  • Sölle, Dorothee. Thinking About God: An Introduction to Theology. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Short Test

0 13.0

Essay (2,500 words)

0 50.0
Short Answer Tests

Short Test

0 12.0

Online Forum (1,500 words)

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 17 Oct, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-10 15:06:27 +1000