This unit takes an orthodox Christian perspective and combines biblical, historical, doctrinal and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ and to salvation in Christ. It will include critical discussion of the theology of salvation in Christ in biblical, patristic, medieval, reformation and modern theologies. It will provide opportunities for students to survey biblical, patristic and contemporary approaches to Jesus Christ. It will introduce students to the ‘quest for the historical Jesus’, the biblical foundation for Christology and developments up to and beyond the council of Chalcedon and allow reflection on Eastern and Western approaches to salvation. It will also address perceptions of Jesus Christ constructed through the heuristic lens of contemporary thought and movements, throughout requiring students to reflect on the Orthodox witness to Christ as Lord, God, and Saviour, and relating their understanding to the contemporary context.

Unit code: CT3741Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Compare and contrast various approaches to Christology


Use a theoretical framework to critically examine a Christological issue


Formulate a reasoned argument using primary and secondary sources and suitable tools


Critically reflect upon selected elements of the theology of Jesus Christ and salvation in Christ in a contemporary context

Unit sequence

A Level 3 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry awards Prerequisite Unit: CT1740Z Introduction to Christian Thought or equivlaent


UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore the challenges of the unit material for the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices to identify the original meanings of the text in their contexts and to interpret them hermeneutically. This unit is delivered by Saints Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Institute.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Aulén, Gustav. Christus Victor: An Historical Study of the Three Main Types of the Idea of the Atonement London, UK: SPCK, 1931, reprint 2020.
  • Baker, Matthew. Seraphim Dankaert, and Nicholas Marinides (eds), On the Tree of the Cross: Georges Florovsky and the Patristic Doctrine of Atonement. paperback ed. Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Publications, 2020.
  • Bockmuehl, Markus. The Son of David and His Mother. The Journal of Theological Studies n.s. 62 (2011): 476–93.
  • Cabasilas, Nicholas. The Life in Christ English and Ancient Greek Edition; Crestwood, NY: SVS Press, 1997.
  • Evans, Craig A. Jesus and the Manuscripts: What We Can Learn from the Oldest Texts Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2020.
  • Grillmeier, Aloys. Christ in Christian Tradition 3 vols; tr. John Bowden. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, rev. ed. 1975.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.
  • Hilarion Alfeyev, Metropolitan. Jesus Christ: His Life and Teaching Volume 1: The Beginning of the Gospel Yonkers, NY: SVS Press, 2018.
  • Moule, C. F. D. The Origin of Christology. Cambridge, UK: CUP, 1978.
  • Schönborn, Christoph. The Mystery of the Incarnation Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2013.
  • St Maximus, the Confessor. On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ (tr. Paul M. Blowers and Robert Louis Wilken. Crestwood, NY: SVS Press, 2003.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Origin, application and Christological implications of a selected appellation

1250 25.0

Perspectives on salvation

1250 25.0

Scholarly engagement with unit theological viewpoints

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 9 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-09 09:58:38 +1100