Christian presence is articulated in conversation with human existence. This unit will draw upon theological perspectives that are generated from the interface of Christian testimony and contemporary life, such as meaning, hope, responsibility, ethics and freedom. These perspectives in turn give substance to the character of Christian presence within human existence as an ever-contemporary challenge.

Unit code: CT3003S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and evaluate articulation of Christian presence by reference to scriptural and theological sources relating to Christian meaning, hope, responsibility, ethics and freedom


Articulate criteria for evaluating Christian presence in relation to meaning, hope, responsibility, ethics and freedom within human existence


Demonstrate an understanding of epistemological and hermeneutical issues arising in the interface between Christian faith and human experience


Demonstrate competence in interpreting variegated theological resources for understanding and articulating Christian presence in relation to human existence


Articulate a contemporary expression of Christian presence within human existence by reference to Christian identity, presence and human existence

Unit sequence

This unit is primarily orientated to the professional theological development of a cohort consisting of alumni, ministry and Christian service vocations. Pre-requiste: at least three standard units (54 points) in Systematic Theology.


lecture input, group discussion, class plenary and further response input

Indicative Bibliography

  • Jüngel, E. God as the Mystery of the World: In the Foundation of the Theology of the Crucified One in the Dispute between Theism and Atheism, trans. Darrell L. Guder, Grand Rapids and Edinburgh: Eerdmans and T&T Clark, 1983.
  • Marsh, C. Christ in Focus: Radical Christocentrism in Christian Theology, London: SCM, 2005.
  • Marion, J-L. Prolegomena to Charity, trans. Stephen E. Lewis, New York: Fordham University Press, 2002.
  • Sawicki, M. Seeing the Lord: Resurrection and Early Christian Practices, Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994.
  • Shortt, R. God’s Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation, London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2005.
  • Taylor, C. A Secular Age. Cambridge MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2007.
  • Taylor, C. Dilemmas and Connections: Selected Essays, Cambridge et. al.: Belknap Press, 2011.
  • Taylor, C. Modern Social Imaginaries, Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2004.
  • Von Balthasar HU. Love Alone is Credible, trans. D.C. Schindler. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2004.
  • Williams, R. The Edge of Words: God and the Habits of Language, London: Bloomsbury, 2014.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 2000 words

0 50.0
Literature Survey

Literature survey 1000 words

0 20.0
Document Study

Document study 500 words

0 10.0
Document Study

Document study 500 words

0 10.0
Document Study

Document study 500 words

0 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-11 11:52:51 +1000