This unit will provide an overview of the sacraments of Baptism and Chrismation, from historical, liturgical and theological perspectives. Students undertaking this unit will learn about these two sacraments in the early church and in the Coptic tradition. A major part of this unit will examine the Coptic understanding of these two Sacraments and present the key elements of Coptic sacramental theology. The unit will consider the theological reflection these developments occasioned, particularly the major theological issues of rebaptism, infant baptism and the meaning of the Baptism. The unit will then investigate the Meaning, the Practice and the rite of Chrismation of the early church and in the Coptic church.

Unit Code: CT9619A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate an understanding of the origin, history, value and theological meaning of baptism and chrismation in the early church


Evaluate the relationship between the teachings of the early Fathers of the Church and the Coptic tradition on the two sacraments


Explore the theology of the two sacraments as articulated by Coptic Church


Examine the liturgical structure of the rites of baptism and chrismation


Compare and contrast different theologies of baptism and chrismation amongst two or more Christian traditions


Weekly sessions, comprising guided reading from the set texts, additional reading resources and some notes, together with an online tutorial. Students will be expected to contribute to the discussions in each session


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay 2000 words

2000 25.0

Essay 4000 words

4000 50.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation 2000 words

2000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-29 12:36:30 +1100