Some significant theological responses to modernity were coy about doctrine. Much recent systematic theology has, however, been involved in a retrieval of the doctrinal tradition and its truth-claiming functions. Yet this retrieval has been simultaneous with the growing influence of ideologies of pluralism in Western culture. This unit will explore how, in this context, doctrinal discourse makes public truth-claims and how such discourse functions within the church. Doctrine will be brought into conversation with analogy, metaphor, narrative, and drama. In any given semester, the pastoral, apologetic and community-defining roles of two classical areas of doctrinal enquiry will be critically explored (e.g. any two of creation, atonement, resurrection, pneumatology, eschatology etc.). Students will also study the way doctrine and specific doctrines function in a community of faith known to them.

Unit Code: CT3029P

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


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature and force of modernity’s critique of Christianity’s doctrinal tradition


Identify the challenges posed to Christian doctrine by the ideologies of contemporary pluralist cultures


Articulate the relationship between doctrine, analogy, metaphor, narrative and drama


Identify and assess the various doctrines explicitly and implicitly shaping the life of a particular Christian community


Describe the development and the ecclesial function of one specific major area of Christian doctrine.

Unit sequence

CT1000P or CT 1009P and one level 2 CT unit


Guided reading materials, online forums


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-12 15:32:50 +1000