This unit is an investigation into the manner in which theology is done and how theologians engage in their craft, rather than a discussion of the content of their conclusions. Thus, it examines their own descriptions of the theological process and their output. The unit provides students with an array of methodological tools for theological work.

Unit code: CT9024Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Identify and describe the main methodologies employed in Christian theology


Assess the effectiveness of these theological tools in different contexts


Select and apply appropriate theological tools to a presented consideration


Analyse critically the strengths and weaknesses of various theological approaches


Present a rigorous and sustained work of theological analysis employing at least one major modern theological method

Unit sequence

30 points of Systematic Theology, including 15 points of Christology


Lectures, seminars

Indicative Bibliography

  • Allen, Paul. * Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed*. London: T&T Clark, 2012.
  • Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Theo-Dramatic. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1988.
  • Bevans, Stephen. Contextual Theology for the Twenty-First Century. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011.
  • Bohm, David. Wholeness and the Implicate Order. London: Routledge, 1980.
  • Eckhardt, A. Roy. The Theologian at Work. London: SCM Press, 1968.
  • Egan, Philip. Philosophy and Catholic Theology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.
  • Gallagher, Michael. Faith Maps: Ten Religious Explorers from Newman to Joseph Ratzinger. London: DLT, 2010.
  • Gutierez, Gustavo. A Theology of Liberation. New York: Orbis, 1988.
  • Hartwell, Herbert. The Theology of Karl Barth: An Introduction. London: Duckworth, 1964
  • Jones, Serene. Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartography of Grace. Minneapolis MS: Fortress Press, 2000
  • Lonergan, Bernard. Method in Theology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1979.
  • Rahner, Karl. Foundations of Christian Faith. New York: Seabury Press, 1987.
  • Schussler-Fiorenza, Elisabeth. In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins. New York, NY: Crossroads, 1994.
  • Stone, Howard. How to Think Theologically. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1996.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review (1500 words)

1500 20.0

Comparison Exercise (2000 words)

2000 30.0

Major Essay (3500 words)

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000