In this unit students will consider the person and nature of Christ. Students will learn about the Christological discussions of the early Church and the issues at play during the formation of the Creeds. This unit will introduce students to understandings of the person of Jesus and the issues of salvation. We will address the meaning of Jesus for the current context in relation to the quest for justice and liberation, feminism, ecology, dialogues with other traditions, and with those who understand themselves as not religious.

Unit code: CT3050Z

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Wollaston Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Describe key Christological issues in the formation of the Creeds


Reflect on their own understanding of the life and work of Jesus and how this impacts their broader theology


Articulate an understanding of different contemporary approaches to Christology


Engage with Christological texts from various points of history and discusss the different understandings of the life and work of Jesus found within them.


Outline and describe some contemporary understandings of Jesus found within sermons, hymns and songs, and other media.

Unit sequence

At least 72 points including at least 18 points in CT


Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bohache, Thomas. Christology from the Margins. London: SCM Press, 2011.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.
  • McFague, Sallie. A New Climate for Christology: Kenosos, Climate Change, and Befriending Nature. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2022.
  • McFarland, Ian, A. The Word made Flesh: A Theology of Incarnation. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2019.
  • Murphy, Francesca Aran, Editor. The Oxford Handbook of Christology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Schüssler Fiorenza, Elisabeth. Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet: Critical Issues in Feminist Christology. London: Boomsbury T&T Clark, 2015.
  • Tanner, Kathryn. Christ the Key. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Woodley, Randy S. and H. Daniel Zacharias. Indigenous Theology and the Western Worldview: A Decolonized Approach to Christian Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2022.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Article (for Newspaper, e.g. letter to the editor) 600 10.0
role play 1500 40.0
Oral Presentation 1000 15.0
Personal Reflection 800 15.0
Essay 1500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 25 Jan, 2023

Unit record last updated: 2023-01-25 08:43:21 +1100