Christian initiation through baptism and confirmation is an insertion into Christ’s death and resurrection as well as entry into the Church. With the help of some anthropological insights into initiation rituals, this unit will look at the scriptural foundations of these sacraments and their subsequent development. The unit will also consider the theological reflection these developments occasioned, particularly the major theological issues of rebaptism, infant baptism, and the purpose of an independent rite of confirmation, as well as contemporary pastoral questions such as the initiation of adults, discerning the readiness of families for infant baptism, and adaptations to the cultures among which the students will be living and working. Having examined how baptism forgives all prior sins, the unit will then investigate the ways the Church deals with sins committed by those who have already imitated Christ’s death in baptism. The unit will reflect theologically upon the various ways that, throughout its history and across the cultures, the Church has administered the forgiveness won by Christ and conclude by addressing the pastoral questions posed by the revised rites and contemporary situations.

Unit Code: DL3131C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Utilise accurately the terminologies and concepts to the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Penance and their theological context.


Integrate and contextualise the scriptural foundations of Baptism, Confirmation, and Penance within the theological framework of these sacraments.


Identify and situate the various aspects of the practice and theology of Baptism, Confirmation, and Penance within an historical and cultural context.


Demonstrate a pastoral awareness that enriches the theology of Baptism, Confirmation, and Penance.


Articulate and demonstrate the relationship of Baptism, Confirmation, and Penance to the mystery of Christ and the Church

Unit sequence

Two Systematic Theology at level 2


Learning consists of lectures/instructions with visual Powerpoint presentation and occasional group discussions.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

Tutorial paper 1,000 words

1000 15.0

Essay 2,500 words

2500 55.0
Written Examination

1 ½ hour written exam

0 35.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-24 12:06:38 +1000