This unit is an introduction to Christian theology. It uses The Salvation Army’s eleven articles of faith as a framework for a critical exploration of key areas of theology, locating these doctrines within the theology of the wider Church.

Unit code: CT8701B

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the foundational vocabulary of theology and the framework of the discipline.


Outline a working understanding of The Salvation Army’s articles of faith


Assess ways in which The Salvation Army’s doctrines both align with and differ from some other Christian traditions.


Evaluate the impact of theological reflection on the Christian life and on the practice of ministry.


Employ foundational research skills in theology utilising primary and secondary source material.


Demonstrate competence in the critical analysis, evaluation, and construction, of theological arguments.

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: CT8290B A Salvationist Theology A CT8292B A Salvationist Theology B


Lectures, discussion, forum participation, videos, reading

Indicative Bibliography

  • Avis, Paul D. L. The Christian Church: An Introduction to the Major Traditions. London: SPCK, 2002.

  • Duce, Philip, and Daniel Strange, (eds.). Keeping Your Balance: Approaching Theological and Religious Studies. Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 2001.

  • Fischer, Kathleen and Thomas Hart, Christian Foundations: An Introduction to Faith in Our Times. New York: Paulist Press, 1995.

  • Green, Joel and Mark D. Baker. Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in New Testament and Contemporary Contexts. Downers Grove: IVP, 2000.

  • Grider, J. Kenneth. A Wesleyan-Holiness Theology. Kansas City: Beacon Hill, 1994.

  • Johnson, Elizabeth. Consider Jesus. New York: Crossroad, 2003.

  • Marks, Darren C. Bringing Theology to Life. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2009.

  • McGrath, Alister. Christian Theology: An Introduction. Fifth Edition. Chichester: Wiley- Blackwell, 2010.

  • McGrath, Alister. The Christian Theology Reader. Fourth Edition. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

  • McGrath, Alister. Theology: The Basics. 3rd edition. Oxford: Blackwell, 2011.

  • Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology. Third edition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014.

  • Oden, Thomas C. Systematic Theology. 3 vols. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1992.

  • Street, Robert. Called to be God’s People. London: Salvation Army, 2008.

  • The Salvation Army, The Salvation Army Handbook of Doctrine. London: The Salvation Army, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests - Quiz 15 minutes 200 3.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests - Quiz 15 minutes 200 3.0
Multiple Choice Quizzes or Tests - Quiz 15 minutes 300 4.0
Forum - Essay 2800 40.0
Essay - Essay 3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 16 Aug, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-08-16 13:19:26 +1000