The unit will explore the questions of sex, sexuality and gender from an explicitly doctrinal perspective. It will explore the way various doctrinal loci (e.g., creation, Christology, eschatology) shape specifically Christian understandings of sex, sexuality and gender. It will do so by an intentional dialogue, often neglected in ecclesial discussions of these issues, between biblical exegesis, hermeneutics and doctrine. It will also proceed on the assumption that Christian doctrine is not only an expository or confessional discipline, but also interrogative and constructive. In exposition, attention will be given to received anthropologies and classical Christian understandings of sex and gender, including the strong nexus between creation and order. In construction, the relationship of the doctrinal tradition to insights from biology, sociology and philosophy will be explored. Also in construction, it will draw on the biblical witness to creation’s inscrutability (e.g. Job and Ecclesiasties) and early Christian eschatology.

Unit Code: CT3099P

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


Describe the understandings of sex and gender in classical Christian teachings


Analyse the doctrinal structure of the classical understandings of sex and gender


Explore the relationship between Christian doctrine and non-theological disciplines in general and in regard to contemporary theological discussions of sex and gender


Discuss and evaluate various proposals for revised theological understandings of sex and gender

Unit sequence

One unit in systematic theology


online guided reading materials, tutorial forums.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Blog journal responding to set readings (500 words)

0 10.0

Essay Analysing a classic text of Christian anthropology (1500 words)

0 30.0

Essay proposing a Christian doctrinal understanding of sex, sexuality and gender (3000 words)

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-15 12:12:25 +1000