This unit first examines topics traditionally covered by prolegomena. It begins by reflecting on the nature of theology and its relation to receptive spirituality. Attention is given to Luther’s theological method of oratio, meditatio, and tentatio as well as the Lutheran presuppositions for doing theology. The unit introduces the nature and function of Scripture, and its relation to reason, tradition, and experience as well as an introduction to Lutheran hermeneutics.

The second part of the unit examines the biblical and theological teaching of the triune God as expressed in terms of the immanent and the economic Trinity. The unit will also explore the modern discussion on the Trinity, including: the Fatherhood of God; the name of God in Feminist Theology; the question of the eternal subordination of the Son; and the filioque. The unit is designed to give the student the necessary basis for further study in systematic theology.

Unit Code: CT1201L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Discuss how Lutherans do theology, including the key emphases on Luther’s Theology of the Cross and receptive spirituality


Articulate the Lutheran doctrine of Scripture


Explain the relation between faith, reason, experience, tradition, and Scripture


Outline the main features of Lutheran hermeneutics


Discuss the immanent Trinity and the economic Trinity and indicate how these relate to each other


Critique contemporary approaches to Trinitarian theology


Learner-centred approach, incorporating strategies such as lectures, group discussion and debate, reporting on weekly set readings, visual representation of ideas by students, personal reflection and brainstorming.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Report (on Luther’s Theology of the Cross) 800 words

800 20.0

Essay (on Scripture) 1600 words

1600 40.0

Essay (on the Trinity) 1600 words

1600 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-05 00:09:53 +1100