Contemporary Theology in a Global Context


This subject engages critically with major figures and movements in the twentieth and twenty-first century theology, including authors in the four major fields of Protestant Theology, Catholic Theology, Contemporary Critical Theology and Contextual Theology. Students will engage critically with a selection of these theologies in relation to their contexts, tasks and methods.


One Semester


Semester 2 every year

Subject Points



Post Graduate

Delivery Mode

On site at St Francis College Milton


Master of Theology and Bachelor of Theology (Honours) students only

From Feminist Theology to Indecent Theology: Readings on Poverty, Sexual Identity and God / Marcella Althaus-Reid, 2004. [ISBN: 9780334029830]
Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up / Simon Chan, 2014. [ISBN: 9780830840489]
Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-talk / Delores S. Williams, 2013. [ISBN: 9781626980389]

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Prescribed Texts




This subject will cover the following topics

  • Protestant Theology: Schleiermacher; Liberal Theology and its Respondents; Theology and Culture

  • Catholic Theology: Neo-scholastic movement; Ressourcement; Theology post Vatican II

  • Contemporary Critical Theology: Liberation Theology; Feminist Theology; Ecotheology; Other Contemporary Theologies

  • Contextual Theologies: Indigeneous, Asian and PacificTheologies; Other Emerging Contextual Theologies

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a selection of contemporary theologies and the contexts in which they emerged

  • be able to evaluate critically selected theologies in reference to their contexts, tasks and methods

  • be able to discern and evaluate critically the contribution of particular theologies to their global and historical contexts

  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a chosen contemporary theological figure or movement

  • be able to demonstrate independent research, and writing and communicaton skills