This unit aims to explore the meaning and implications of the Christian belief that the cosmos is the creation of God which, although declared to be good, is experienced in brokenness. It comprises four elements: (1) theological and scientific views of the cosmos; (2) theological problems raised by the brokenness (‘fallenness’) of existence in the world; (3) theological views of the place and responsibility of humankind in the world; and (4) the tension between theological and scientific expectations/hopes about the eventual future of the cosmos.

Unit Code: CT9020Y

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


Discuss the biblical views of the world as God’s good but broken creation


Identify the various stages of the modern encounter between theology and the sciences


Analyse and evaluate a range of views of the nature of God’s interaction with the world


Construct their own account of the doctrine of creation embracing its past, present and future aspects


Articulate some practical implications of belief in creation for Christian spirituality and ethics


Lectures and seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Research essay of 6,000 words

0 100.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-26 16:17:26 +1000