“No-one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart who has made him known” (John1:18). Christian theology affirms that the ultimate source of our knowledge of God is what God reveals of Godself through Jesus the Christ. This unit introduces the study of theology, its sources and methods, through the study of Christology. It focusses on Jesus Christ, his life and ministry, his saving death and resurrection and the subsequent reflection of the Church on his person and work.

Unit code: CT8741Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Analyse how Jesus is the fulfilment of OT Scripture and discuss who Jesus was in his historical context from a Christian faith perspective,


Discuss the big and evolving questions facing the early church after Jesus’ death and resurrection, and show how these questions were answered in different periods of church history.


Discuss the person and work of Jesus Christ using appropriate Scriptural, historical and contemporary theological resources.


Articulate the doctrine of salvation in Jesus Christ and reflect theologically on how the person and work of Jesus can be expressed in our contemporary world


Employ knowledge and skills developed in the unit to critique and develop resources suitable for selected ministry context(s)

Unit sequence

A level 8 units in postgraduate ministry and theology courses


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.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Budden, Chris. *Following Jesus in Invaded Space: Doing theology on Aboriginal land,*Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2009.
  • Casey, Michael. Fully Human, Fully Divine: An interactive Christology. Liguori, MN: Liguouri Press, 2014.
  • Edwards, Denis. Deep Incarnation: God’s redemptive suffering with creatures. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019.
  • Finlan, Steven. Options on Atonement in Christian Thought. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2007.
  • Jervis, L. Ann. At the Heart of the Gospel: Suffering in the earliest Christian message. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2007.
  • Jones, Serene. Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartographies of Grace. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2016.
  • Kim, Grace Ji-Sun. The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2010.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. 6th ed., Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
  • Moltmann, Jürgen. The Way of Jesus Christ. London: SCM Press, 1990.
  • Ryan, Robin Jesus and Salvation: Soundings in the Christian tradition and contemporary theology. Collegeville, Min: Michael Glazier, 2015.
  • Williams, Rowan. Christ the Heart of Creation. London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2018.
  • Wright, N.T. The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Topic relevant to unit material

1000 15.0
Short Answer Responses

Responses to set readings and summative reflections

1000 15.0

Topic relevant to unit material

3000 45.0
Learning Resource

Professional Practice Application

2000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 31 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-31 10:30:29 +1100