This unit seeks to critically examine Jesus Christ’s engagement with the people who were categorized as at the social margins. Through a survey of ‘Jesus Christ and margins’ in the biblical and patristic works, the unit will determine how this has been appropriated by contemporary theologians to articulate a contextual Christology. By tracing this perspective from the Gospels, ante-Nicaean and post-Nicaean teachers, and modern theologians, this unit seeks to understand the missional significance of conceiving Christology through the life of vulnerable communities.

Unit code: CT3720A

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


articulate the origin and the development of Christology.


explain the Christological challenges throughout the centuries in relation to the engagement with marginalised peoples.


evaluate christologies from mission-focussed theological perspectives.


engage with methods of Christological thinking

Unit sequence

No prerequisites, no prohibited combination of units


asynchronous and synchronous lectures and tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Beeley, Christopher A. The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition. New Haven: Yale University Press,2012.
  • Biehl, Michael., & et al. Witnessing Christ: Contextual and Interconfessional Perspectives on Christology. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer Verlag. 2020.
  • De La Torre, Miguel A. Reading the Bible from the Margins. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2002.
  • Gerald, O’Collins. Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study of Jesus. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Jax, Aurica., & Saskia Wendel. Envisioning the Cosmic Body of Christ: Embodiment, Plurality and Incarnation. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2020.
  • Krikorian, Mesrob K. Christology of the Oriental Orthodox Churches: Christology in the Tradition of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Frankfurt: Peter Lang GmbH, 2010.
  • Lentz, Robert. Christ in the Margins: Icons and Biographies. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2003.
  • Samartha, S.J. One Christ - Many Religions: Toward a Revised Christology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 2000 40.0
Essay 3000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 6 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-06 15:05:02 +1000