This unit explores the Lutheran pattern of spirituality within its historical, cultural and ecclesial context. Attention is given to how Christian spirituality is affected by understandings of personal experience, as well as to the contextual role played by contemporary Australian society. A biblical theology of spirituality will be developed that focuses on a number of factors: its Trinitarian basis, its personal yet corporate nature, and its close connection with the life of sanctification as outlined in the New Testament. There is a strong focus on understanding and more deeply appropriating a number of personal and corporate spiritual disciplines. Opportunity is also made to explore selected spiritual practices of other Christian traditions.

Unit Code: DS2220L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and analyse the influence of contemporary Australian culture on our experience, understanding and practice of Christian spirituality


Express Christian spirituality in terms of biblical and Trinitarian theology


Explain how the personal and corporate nature of Christian spirituality are connected


Explore and describe some of the key Christian spiritual disciplines

Unit sequence

At least 15 credit points in Field D is desirable


Lecture, discussion, tutorial, fieldwork


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Reflection 900 words

900 20.0

Reading and response 1800 words

1800 40.0

Final paper
1800 words

1800 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:59:54 +1100