In this unit students will be introduced to the study of theology by examining the engaged processes in which belief is formed. To believe something particular is not to believe everything in general. Christian doctrinal claims have often emerged out of the refusal to believe some-thing or some-one. This process of discernment is, therefore, at the heart of the ongoing theological task. Through an engagement with critical theological traditions, students will examine the ways in which Christians have practiced their belief and their disbelief as integral to discipleship.

Unit code: CT8029T (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Outline the basic concepts and categories of Christian theology.


Analyse the significance of historical context for the formation of theological language drawing upon particular examples.


Describe the development of key creedal affirmations and their relationship to denials.


Critically evaluate the significance of ethical practice for the formation of doctrinal claims using a particular example.


Describe the way theological claims are contingently related to one another.

Unit sequence

Foundational CT unit, serving as a prerequisite for further study in CT.


Lectures, tutorials, online discussion, forum


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial Presentation 500 words

500 20.0

Essay 1000 words

1000 15.0

Essay 1000 words

1000 15.0

Essay 3500 words

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-15 08:13:18 +1100