“From the first to the last, and not merely in the epilogue, Christianity is eschatology, is hope, forward looking and forward moving and therefore also revolutionary and transforming the present.” (Jurgen Moltmann).The unit situates eschatology in the centre of Christian theology and demonstrates the integrative function of the theology of hope. The eschatological emphases of the Scriptures are presented with particular attention to the Reign of God as the organising image. The unit examines the activity of God in Humanity and in its history focusing on Christ as the meaning of this history. Within this context the eschata are retrieved as symbols of Christian hope that are operative in life, present in death and are hope-filled expressions of life through death. The opportunity will be taken at different moments in the unit to look at special questions like: body and soul; time and eternity; and the connection between eschatology and ecology. Finally the unit explores the relationship between eschatology and the Eucharist.

Unit Code: CT3010Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the theology of hope


Identify the biblical foundations of hope


Articulate the four principles of eschatological language.


Critically evaluate the eschata as symbols of the theology of hope.


Identify the relationship between the theology of hope and Christian praxis.


Demonstrate the difference between eschatology and futurology

Unit sequence

CT1000Y or Equivalent and at least one level 2 unit in Systematic Theology.


Lectures and Seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Minor paper of 2000 words

0 40.0

Major paper of 3500 words

0 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-12 07:53:09 +1000