Introduction to Christian Theology

THL111 / THL460

This subject offers an introductory engagement with the major doctrines of the Christian faith, including God as Trinity, the person and work of Christ, the Spirit, humanity and the church. It explores the tasks, methods and sources of Christian theology, enabling students to develop initial skills of theological reasoning together with the capacity to use theological vocabulary. Attention is given to historical and contemporary approaches to doing theology, as well as to the relation between Christian doctrine and Christian practice.


Duration

One Semester

Availability

Semester 1 every year

Subject Points

8

Core/Elective

Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton

Prerequisites

None

To be confirmed annually as the subject is offered

Prescribed Texts


To be confirmed annually as the subject is offered

Assessments


Content

This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the major doctrines of the Christian tradition

  • Sources and methods of theological reasoning

  • Key figures in Christian theology, historical and contemporary

  • The relation between Christian doctrine and Christian praxis


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to engage at an introductory level with the major doctrines of the Christian faith;

  • be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the tasks, methods and sources of Christian theology;

  • be able to identify key theologians and to demonstrate an understanding of their place in the development of Christian theology;

  • be able to engage critically with both historical and contemporary approaches to doing theology;

  • be able to demonstrate an ability to make connections between Christian theology and ministerial or practical contexts; and

  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including basic research, writing and communication skills.