This unit introduces Christianity’s doctrinal tradition, both generally and specifically. It will offer a general overview of the relationships between faith, belief, theology, confessions, creeds, doctrine and the disciplines of systematic theology. Specifically, it will explore the doctrines of God, creation, humanity, Jesus Christ, salvation, church and hope. It will explore the role of scripture, tradition, reason and context in shaping these doctrines. Particular attention will be paid to the impact on specific doctrines of modern and post-modern thought in the West whilst also exploring the appropriation of the doctrinal tradition in contemporary non-Western Christianity. Against this background the roles of doctrine in shaping the imagination of the church and of particular and local Churches will be noted.

Unit Code: CT1000P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the relationship between faith, belief and doctrine.


Identify the main doctrines of the Christian faith


Articulate the ways scripture, tradition, reason and context shape doctrinal development.


Communicate the ways doctrine forms a Christian imagination though retrieval, polemic and construction.


Lectures, discussions, tutorials, online material


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay of 800 words on the relationship between faith, belief and doctrine

0 20.0
Learning Resource

Learning resource of 1200 words introducing one Christian doctrine to a designated contemporary Christian or non-Christian audience

0 30.0

Essay of 2000 words on either the roles of scripture, tradition reason and context in a particular doctrine or the roles of doctrine in the church

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-02 10:26:41 +1100