Students will become acquainted with the basics of Orthodox Christian theology and form a foundational understanding for theological reflection in the Orthodox Church with particular reference to the Coptic Tradition. They will then use theological reflection to provide a theological basis for educational ministry in the church.

Unit code: DR8519A (Approved)

Points: 8.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Religious Education

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the nature and purpose of theology


Explore selected theological doctrines relevant to educational ministry


Propose a theology of Orthodox Educational Ministry


This unit will use theological reflection and document study to meet the stated learning outcomes.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Boojamra, John Lawrence. Foundations for Orthodox Christian Education. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1989.
  • Calivas, Alkiviadis C. Theology: The Conscience of the Church. Brookline, Mass: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2002.
  • Davis, Stephen J. Coptic Christology in Practice: Incarnation and Divine Participation in Late Antique and Medieval Egypt. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Lossky, Vladimir. Orthodox Theology: An Introduction. Crestwood, NT: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1978.
  • Louth, Andrew. "Thinking and Doing, Being and Praying: Where Do We Start?" In Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic 2013.
  • Mattá. Orthodox Prayer Life: The Interior Way. Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2003.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology: An Introduction 5th ed. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2019.
  • Vrame, Anton C. The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way. Brookline, Mass.: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 1999.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Written Assessment Task- Summative Reflection -1000 words

1000 50.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation – Podcast equivalent to 1000 words

1000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 5 Sep, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-06-26 09:42:49 +1000