This unit will engage theological, biblical, pastoral, and missiological resources with the range of understandings of creation. Ecumenical, Indigenous, and interfaith perspectives will be considered. Students will be equipped to formulate their own theological, ethical, and practical responses to contemporary questions.

Unit code: DA3039W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Mission and Ministry

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an informed and coherent engagement with theological accounts of creation.


Develop confidence in engaging with a diverse range of texts, statements, and appropriate literature representing the manner in which the broader Christian tradition, indigenous traditions, and other religious traditions, have developed understandings of creation.


Describe and evaluate the range of practices deployed by Christian communities in order to respond to and engage with creation.


Exhibit capacity for independent theological reflection upon a range of issues arising from the unit.


Describe and justify an integrated level of application of unit learning to the practice of ministry or mission in the contemporary world.

Unit sequence

This is an elective UG unit that assumes and builds on study undertaken in UG foundational units. Prerequisites: 18 points in DA and 18 points in Field B


Central to the Unit’s pedagogy will be praxis-focused theological enquiry that engages with case study, prior student experience, practitioner narrative, and expert testimony. The Unit aims to equip the student with a more coherent and comprehensive theo-logic oriented towards Christian engagement with the creation.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bauckham, Richard. Living with Other Creatures: Green Exegesis and Theology. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2011.
  • Cavanaugh, William T., ed. Fragile World: Ecology and the Church. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2018.
  • Clough, David L. On Animals. Volume 1: Systematic Theology. London: T&T Clark, 2012.
  • Clough, David L. On Animals. Volume 2: Theological Ethics. London: T&T Clark, 2018.
  • Deane-Drummond, Celia. A Primer in Ecotheology. Eugene: Cascade Companions, 2017.
  • Fergusson, David. Creation. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014.
  • Gammage, Bill.  The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia. Crows Nest: Allen and Unwin, 2011.
  • Hallman, D. G., ed. Ecotheology: Voices from South and North. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2009.
  • Hart, John, ed. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Religion and Ecology. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons,2017.
  • Keller, Catherine. Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming. London: Routledge, 2003.
  • McFague, Sally. A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008.
  • Moltmann, Jürgen. God in Creation: A New Theology of Creation and the Spirit of God. Translated by Margaret Kohl. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.
  • Torrance, Thomas F. Divine and Contingent Order. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2005.
  • Weir, Jessica, ed. Country, Native Title and Ecology. Canberra: ANU EPress, 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Annotated Bibliography

Annotated bibliography

1500 30.0
Article (for Newspaper, e.g. letter to the editor)

Newspaper article

500 20.0


2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-05 17:24:33 +1100