This unit will explore the controversial developments which led from the biblical witness to Jesus as Lord to the later trinitarian doctrine of God as one substance in three persons. The foundations of this development and the controversies which accompanied it will be studied. Against this historical background, the re-emergence of the doctrine of the Trinity in the twentieth century will be explored through reference to several contemporary texts. Attention will be paid to the role which this doctrine is playing in the church’s encounter with modern atheism, religious pluralism and theological politics.

Unit Code: CT3009P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the key developments in the emergence of the doctrine of the Trinity


Articulate the sense(s) in which the doctrine can be described as ‘biblical’


Understand the different trajectories of the doctrine in the Eastern and Western traditions of Christianity


Summarise the reasons for the re-emergence of the doctrine in the twentieth century


Explain the potential contributions of this doctrine to the church’s dialogue with one or more of modern atheism, religious pluralism or politics

Unit sequence

Either CT1000P Faith, Theology and Doctrines or CT1010P: Culture, Beliefs and Theology and one level 2 CT or CH unit.


online guided reading materials, tutorial forums


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000 word online blog journal on set readings

0 25.0

1000 word essay or group study resource on the biblical origins of the doctrine of the Trinity or the patristic trinitarian debates.

0 25.0

3000 word essay or annotated sermon on the contribution of doctrine of the Trinity to Christianity’s encounter with one or more of atheism, religious pluralism or politics.

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 3 Aug, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-11 15:38:24 +1000