This unit examines the contemporary resurgence of interest in the doctrine of the Trinity through exposure to representative theologians in the field of Trinitarian theology, both classical and contemporary.

Unit code: CT3797B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and describe the importance of the key biblical passages that give rise to Trinitarian reflection.


Analyse some of the critical issues in contemporary and classical discourse on the Trinity.


Articulate the practical implications of the doctrine of the Trinity for the church’s life and witness including communicating the Trinity for faith in proclamation.


Demonstrate the value of the doctrine of the Trinity as constitutive of Christian identity and action in the world and in personal spirituality.


Discuss the place of the Christological debates of the fourth and fifth centuries in establishing Trinitarian orthodoxy


Exhibit critical awareness of the place of the Christological debates of the fourth and fifth centuries in establishing Trinitarian orthodoxy.

Unit sequence

54 points in CT


Lectures, tutorials, online videos, online meetings, class discussions, discussion boards

Indicative Bibliography

  • Edgar, Brian. The Message of the Trinity: Life in God. Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 2004.
  • Fiddes, Paul. Participating in God: A Pastoral Doctrine of the Trinity. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2000.
  • Holmes, Stephen R.* The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity*. Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 2012.
  • Johnson, Elizabeth. She who is. The mystery of God in feminist theological discourse. New York: Crossroad, 1993.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. The Trinity: Global Perspectives. Louisville: WJKP, 2007.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christian Understanding of the Trinity: The Historical Trajectory, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017. (recommended for purchase)
  • LaCugna, Catherine Mowry. God For Us: The Trinity and Christian Life. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1991.
  • Letham, Robert. The Holy Trinity in Scripture, History, Theology and Worship. Phillipsburg: Puritan & Reformed, 2004.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. The Tripersonal God: Understanding and Interpreting the Trinity. Second Ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2014. (recommended for purchase)
  • Phan, Peter C. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to the Trinity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay 3000 60.0
Oral Presentation

Online Presentation 1,000 words

0 20.0

Sermon manuscript / outline 1,000 words

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 12 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000