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. The unit also provides opportunity to develop the necessary skill set to effectively engage in and, where appropriate, lead the dialogue at the local level. This involves considering the way in which theology underpins the worldview of a Lutheran (or other Christian) education site and informs its identity and practices. The unit also facilitates the development of a critical appreciation of the diversity of theological thought within a Christian Education context, assisting participants to identify theological assumptions or starting points which may serve as barriers to a deeper understanding of the culture and core identity of a particular education context.

Unit code: DE9016L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

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


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


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


Critically analyse theological dialogue in order to identify and compare participants' theological assumptions and starting points


Demonstrate competence in the skills research appropriate to the dialogue between education and theology

Unit sequence

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

Prohibited combinations: DE9014L Education and Theology in Dialogue A & DE9015L Education and Theology in Dialogue B


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 (%)

Revelation and Reason

500 10.0
Annotated Bibliography

Entries pertaining to the key theological content

1000 10.0

Consider an education issue through a theological lens

2500 40.0

Conduct and report on a dialogue between education and theology

4000 40.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2022-09-09 14:58:59 +1000