This capstone unit focuses on the framework of the Church’s affirmation of faith as found in the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. Through interdisciplinary reflections that draw on at least two theological disciplines, students will critically explore the basic components of the Christian belief how believing informs responsible living in the present and hope for the future. Consideration will be given to how the various components of these articulations of faith arise from the biblical witness and are shaped by the experience of Christian communities.

Unit code: XS9991Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other S

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Critically explain the biblical foundations of the creedal affirmations


Evaluate how issues in the early church influenced these beliefs


Analyse the ongoing significance of creedal statements from an interdisciplinary perspective


Integrate biblical, historical and theological sources in understanding and articulating faith


Explore and evaluate the implications of creedal belief for Christian life

Unit sequence

At least 120 points of Elective units


Synchronous lectures and seminars, guided project-based assignment, peer-based learning

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anatolios, Khaled, Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2011.
  • Ashwin-Siejkowski, Piotr. Early Christian Doctrine and the Creeds. London: SCM, 2010.
  • Coakley, Sarah, God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Edwards, Denis, The Natural World and God: Theological Explorations. Adelaide, SA: AFT Press Publishing, 2017.
  • Johnson, Luke T. The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why It Matters. London: DL&T, 2003.
  • Lash, Nicholas, Believing Three Ways in One God. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992.
  • Lochman, Jan. The Faith We Confess: An Ecumenical Dogmatics. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2004.
  • Schussler-Fiorenza, Francis & Galvin John, Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives. Minneapolis, MI: Fortress Press, 2011.
  • Van Harn, Roger, ed. Exploring and Proclaiming the Apostles Creed. New York: Morehouse, 2004.
  • Young, Frances. The Making of the Creeds. London: SCM, 2002.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial 2000 25.0
Essay 6000 75.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Jun, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-06-20 15:24:23 +1000