This unit will deal with the Gospel account of the public ministry of Jesus as implicit Christology and ground for the development of the doctrine of the Trinity; the Paschal Mystery of Jesus, especially as revealing the triune God and the development of the doctrines of Christ and the Trinity in the Church’s tradition, both classical and contemporary.
Tutorial work will canvas key aspects of the theology of the Trinity.

Unit code: CT9202C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an advanced capacity to read, understand and respond creatively to the issues raised in each tutorial text.


Discuss in an articulate and nuanced manner, the divinity and the humanity of Jesus.


Illustrate a comprehensive understanding of the development of the doctrines of Christ and the Trinity in the Councils of the early Church.


Explain and elaborate on the centrality of the Paschal Mystery and its Trinitarian interpretation in contemporary theology.


Demonstrate a critical and coherent response to the claim that the doctrine of the Trinity has its foundation in Christology.


Articulate a theologically informed and critical understanding of the significance of Jesus Christ as the answer to the human search for meaning.


Formulate and express a coherent theological argument on the relationship between Christology and Trinity as it is understood in contemporary theology


Engage in a specific topic of research in the area of Trinitarian theology in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: CT8010C It is highly recommended that students complete CT9201C Jesus Christ: Revealer of the Triune God A before commencing this unit.


A variety of learning resources – lectures, guided reading, peer discussion, tutorials, formative feedback on assessment tasks and electronic resources for further study – will enable students to achieve the learning outcomes of the unit.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cook, M.L. Trinitarian Christology: The Power that Sets Us Free. Mahwah: Paulist Press, 2010.
  • Dupuis, Jacques. Who Do You Say I Am? An Introduction to Christology. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 1994.
  • Fiorenza, Francis Schüssler and John P. Galvin, eds. Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, 2nd ed. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011.
  • Hill, William J. The Three-Personed God: The Trinity as a Mystery of Salvation. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 1982.
  • Hunt, Anne. Trinity: Nexus of the Mysteries of Christian Faith. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2005.
  • Kasper, Walter. The God of Jesus Christ. Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. New ed. London: Continuum, 2012.
  • La Cugna, Catherine M. God for Us: The Trinity and Christian Life. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. The Tripersonal God: Understanding and Interpreting the Trinity. 2nd rev. ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2014.
  • O’Donnell, John J. The Mystery of the Triune God. London: Sheed & Ward, 1988.
  • Studer, Basil. Trinity and Incarnation: The Faith of the Early Church. Edited by Andrew Louth. Translated by Matthais Westerhoff. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1993.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 750 words

750 10.0

Essay: 4,000 words

4000 50.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 750 words

750 10.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Paper 750 words

750 10.0
Oral Examination

Oral Examination: 15 minutes (1,000 words)

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 4 Sep, 2018

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