God and Humanity


This subject examines the development, critique and reformulation of theological ideas regarding humanity and humanity's relation to God and creation. Traditional themes in theological anthropology are considered, including creation, the imago dei, sin, grace, salvation and vocation. Challenges to historical formulations, including the challenge of difference, are brought into conversation with contemporary approaches such as feminist, postcolonial, ecological, queer and liberation discourses.


One Semester


Semester 1 every even year

Subject Points




Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton; or Externally – log in to listen and participate or view the lecture via video later.


THL111 and THL113 (recommended)

1. Williams, Rowan. Being Human: Bodies, Minds, Persons. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018. ISBN: 9780281079759

2. Deane-Drummond, Celia. A Primer in Ecotheology: Theology for a Fragile Earth. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2017. ISBN: 9781498236997

3. Tonstad, Linn. Queer Theology: Beyond Apologetics. Eugene: Cascade, 2018. ISBN: 9781498218795

4. Swinton, John. Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780334055570

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Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed annually as the subject is offered



This subject will cover the following topics:

  • Biblical sources for theological anthropology

  • The emergence, development and critique of doctrinal themes regarding the human person: creation, the imago dei, sin, grace, salvation, vocation

  • Contemporary theological approaches to human difference such as feminist, ecological, postcolonial, queer and liberation discourses

  • Contemporary perspectives on human vocation and their implications for Christian living

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to discuss key theological ideas regarding humanity and humanity's relation to God and creation in historical and contemporary contexts;

  • be able to engage critically with contemporary challenges to Christian theological anthropology, including difference;

  • be able to assess critically recent constructive theological anthropologies and their societal and cultural relevance; and

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