This unit introduces a number of key theological concepts which are important to the dialogue between education and theology as it is practiced in a Lutheran School or Early Childhood Services. These include but may not be limited to Revelation and Reason, the Theology of the Cross, Creation Theology, Vocation, and Law and Gospel.

Unit code: DE9014L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 12.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Discriminate between the roles of Reason and Revelation in the education and theology dialogue


Communicate critical understanding of scholarship in relevant areas of both theology and educational theory and practice as these relate to Lutheran (or other Chrisitan) education sites


Apply theological insights in a process of dialogue with the discipline of education as practised in contemporary Lutheran (or negotiated alternative Christian) schools

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 9 (12 point) unit in postgraduate education courses (Either DE9014L & DE9015L [or DE9016L] are the compulsory core units in the ALC Master of Education and Theology)

Prohibited combinations: DE9016L Education and Theology in Dialogue


This unit uses teaching strategies including engagement with online learning materials, (readings, videos, reflection tasks, synchronous and asynchronous discussion) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning. Where the cohort is of sufficient size the unit will include a series of synchronous webinars.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bartsch, Malcolm I. A God who speaks and acts: theology for teachers in Lutheran schools. Adelaide, SA: Openbook Howden, 2013.
  • ———. Why a Lutheran school? Education and theology in dialogue. Adelaide, SA: Board for Lutheran Schools, 2001.
  • Bayer, Oswald. Martin Luther's theology: a contemporary interpretation. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2008.
  • Braaten, Carl E. Principles of Lutheran theology. 2nd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2007.
  • Christenson, Tom. The gift and task of Lutheran higher education. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2004.
  • ———. Who needs a Lutheran college? Values vision vocation. Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press, 2011.
  • Lutheran Theological Journal. Adelaide: Australian Lutheran College. [Full text in ProQuest from 1997 via Online Resources at]
  • Jungling, Laurie, ed., Lutheran Perspectives on Biblical interpretation. Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press, 2010.
  • Schwarz, Hans. The Christian faith: a creedal account. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Stjerna, Kirsi. Lutheran Theology: A grammar of faith. London, UK: T&T Clark, 2021.
  • Veith, Gene Edward. The spirituality of the cross: the way of the first evangelicals. 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO: Concordia, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Reason and Revelation

500 15.0
Annotated Bibliography

Entries pertaining to the key theological content

1000 25.0

Consider an education issue through a theological lens

2500 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 9 Sep, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-09-09 14:59:46 +1000