This unit will introduce the content and tasks of Christian theology by engaging a range of representations of Christianity in contemporary intellectual and popular cultures, especially but not exclusively in Australia. These will include objections to Christianity, non-Christian explorations of Christianity, assessments of Christianity by other religions, and secular appropriations of the Christian legacy. Engagement with these different sources will provide an opportunity to assess the particular challenges currently posed to Christian belief and therefore to explore the role of theology in responding to those challenges. This will contextualise the introduction to the tasks and disciplines of Christian theology but it will also draw attention to historical links with the birth of Christian theology in the religiously and philosophically diverse world of antiquity.

Unit Code: CT1010P

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 various contemporary discussions of Christianity


Identify key developments in the emergence of Christian theology


Summarise the strengths and weakness of one major, contemporary non-Christian representation of Christianity


Explain the role of theology and its intellectual vision in responding to contemporary representations and/or appropriations of Christianity


Lectures, Seminars; Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

800 word essay on the origins and tasks of Christian theology

0 20.0
Book Review

1200 word book review of a key non-Christian account of Christianity

0 30.0

2000 word essay on a theological engagement with contemporary representations and/or appropriations of Christianity

0 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-02 14:39:11 +1100