This unit aims to explore the meaning and centrality of the doctrine of the Trinity in Christian faith and doctrine. From its biblical sources through its development in East and West and its later decline, it is examined in its contemporary exposition in theologians of different traditions. Further study will include the trinitarian shaping of other major doctrines and the bearing of the Trinity on some important questions in contemporary discussion.

Unit Code: CT9012Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


analyse the way biblical material is typically used as support for the Christian doctrine of God as the Holy Trinity


Identify and explain both the unity and the main differences in the Latin and Greek patristic traditions, including the later church-dividing matter of the Filioque


Demonstrate a critical appreciation of various influential writers on the Trinity in the last one hundred years, incorporating Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant theologians


Critically appraise the ways in which the doctrine of the Trinity has influenced developments in Christian spirituality, liturgy, praxis or inter-religious dialogue


Demonstrate development of research and argumentation skills appropriate to study at postgraduate level.


Unit sequence

CT8000Y and CT9011Y


Inter-active lectures and tutorials, using pre-circulated notes (for lectures; 2 hrs) and assigned reading for tutorials; 1 hr).


Description Weight (%)

Book review 2000 words


Early exercise (short) 1500 words


Major essay 4000 words


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-29 10:17:03 +1100