This unit will examine the character of Christian faith as evident in the life stories of a number of theologians and other significant persons. It will draw specifically upon the methodology of James McClendon to identify how the life-experience of these theologians has influenced their distinctive approach to theology and Christian faith. It will also provide opportunity for each student to explore the theological significance of their own life story.

Unit Code: CT9033W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain McClendon’s methodology for using biography as theology


Apply that methodology in the study of several biographies


Discuss critically the character of faith as seen in the life and work of one major theologian


Identify possible implications for their own lives, as a source for theological reflection


Critically discuss the relation between lived experience and the formulation of theological ideas and systems, with specific attention to one writer or doctrine

Unit sequence

45 points in Foundational Studies


Lectures and seminars together with follow-up online discussions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book review 1500 words

0 20.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar paper 1000 words

0 20.0

Essay 3500 words

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Jul, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-29 10:08:27 +1000