“From the first to the last, and not merely in the epilogue, Christianity is eschatology, is hope, forward looking and forward moving and therefore also revolutionary and transforming the present.” (Jurgen Moltmann). The unit situates eschatology in the centre of Christian theology and demonstrates the integrative function of the theology of hope. The eschatological emphases of the Scriptures are presented with particular attention to the Reign of God as the organising image. The unit examines the activity of God in Humanity and in its history focusing on Christ as the meaning of this history. Within this context the eschata are retrieved as symbols of Christian hope that are operative in life, present in death and expressions of life through death. The opportunity will be taken at different moments in the unit to look at special questions like the theology of body and soul; time and eternity; millenarianism and the relationship between eschatology and ecology. The unit will also investigate the relationship between eschatology and the Eucharist. A graduate seminar will explore the recent discussions between science and theology in relation to death, resurrection and the nature of the person beyond death.

Unit Code: CT9010Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the theology of hope


Articulate a theology of history


Articulate the four principles of eschatological language


Critically evaluate the eschata as symbols of the theology of hope


Demonstrate the difference between eschatology and futurology


Critique the relationship between the theology of hope and Christian praxis


Appraise the relationship between eschatology and Eucharist


Critically evaluate the arguments between science and theology in relation to death and resurrection

Unit sequence

One Foundational Unit in Systematic Theology


Lectures and Seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Minor paper of 2000 words

0 6.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Graduate Seminar

0 10.0

Major paper of 3000 words

0 13.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-26 11:08:15 +1000