In this unit students will consider the person and nature of Christ. Students will learn about the Christological discussions of the early Church and the issues at play during the formation of the Creeds. This unit will introduce students to understandings of the person of Jesus and the issues of salvation. We will address the meaning of Jesus for the current context in relation to the quest for justice and liberation, feminism, ecology, dialogues with other traditions, and with those who understand themselves as not religious.

Unit code: CT9050Z

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Wollaston Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Critically evaluate key Christological issues in the formation of the Creeds


Critically reflect on one's own understanding of the life and work of Jesus and how this impacts their broader theology


Demonstrate an understanding of different contemporary approaches to Christology and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses


Critically engage with Christological texts from various points in history and discuss the different understandings of the life and work of Jesus found within them


Outline an critically evaluate some contemporary understandings of Jesus found within sermons, hymns, songs, and other media

Unit sequence

At least 48 foundational points including at least 24 points in CT


Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bohache, Thomas. Christology from the Margins. London: SCM Press, 2011.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2016.
  • McFague, Sallie. A New Climate for Christology: Kenosos, Climate Change, and Befriending Nature. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2022.
  • McFarland, Ian, A. The Word made Flesh: A Theology of Incarnation. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2019.
  • Murphy, Francesca Aran, Editor. The Oxford Handbook of Christology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. Christology: A Biblical, Historical, and Systematic Study. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • Schüssler Fiorenza, Elisabeth. Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet: Critical Issues in Feminist Christology. London: Boomsbury T&T Clark, 2015.
  • Tanner, Kathryn. Christ the Key. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Woodley, Randy S. and H. Daniel Zacharias. Indigenous Theology and the Western Worldview: A Decolonized Approach to Christian Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2022.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Article (for Newspaper, e.g. letter to the editor) 1000 10.0
role play 2000 40.0
Oral Presentation 1000 20.0
Personal Reflection 1500 10.0
Essay 2500 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 25 Jan, 2023

Unit record last updated: 2023-01-25 08:44:43 +1100