This level 8 foundational unit surveys Christologies developed outside the corpus Christianum and in response to questions not considered within the Western cultural and historical frame of reference. This will include images of Jesus Christ developed through such language as ‘Bodhisattva’, ‘Avatara’, ‘guru’, ‘prophet’, or ‘ancestor’, Asian treatments of the ‘cosmic’ Christ, the possibility of a ‘hyphenated-Jesus’ or of M. M. Thomas’ ‘Christ-centered Syncretism’ in relation to Hinduism, liberation Christologies within Latin America, and Jesus as the power against the demonic within Africa. A number of issues present themselves through this discussion: the question of theological tradition and method, the use of local sacred sources, the social and political implications of thinking Jesus Christ through a range of lenses, and the issues of contextualisation. Special attention will be given to the variety of mission emphases different Christological formulations promote.

Unit Code: DM9070P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a range of Christological formulations and the central theological concerns they embody;


Identify the background cultural issues and values prompting these theological developments;


Support the use of Christology in the formation of mission theory;


Evaluate the potential benefits of these formulations for theological discourse within multicultural Australia;


Develop an in-depth critical engagement with one of the Christologies examined.


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorial


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

1000 word book review of one primary text, which is to be selected in consultation with the lecturer

1000 25.0

Critical 5000 word essay focused on a particular Christology or Christological theme, with some attention paid to its potential significance for mission theory, and the student’s own local context.

5000 75.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-07 09:35:46 +1000