This unit will examine the character of Christian faith as evident in the life stories of a number of theologians and other significant persons. It will draw specifically upon the methodology of James McClendon to identify how the life-experience of these persons has influenced their distinctive approach to theology and Christian faith. It will also provide opportunity for each student to explore the theological significance of their own life story.

Unit Code: CT3033W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain critically McClendon’s methodology for using biography as theology;


Apply that methodology in the study of several biographies


Outline and discuss the character of faith as seen in the life and work of one major theologian


Identify possible implications for their own lives, as a source for theological reflection


Critically evaluate the use of life stories as a source for theology.

Unit sequence

30 points in Systematic Theology


Lectures and seminars together with follow-up online discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book review - 1500 words

0 30.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar paper - 1000 words

0 20.0

Essay - 3000 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Jul, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-15 08:18:16 +1000