Students will become acquainted with the basics of Christian theology and form a foundational understanding for theological reflection in the Orthodox Church with particular reference to the Coptic tradition. Key doctrinal themes will be explored, along with their exposition in contemporary liturgical practice.

Unit code: CT1619A (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Describe the nature and purpose of theology


Identify doctrinal themes in Coptic liturgical practice today


Demonstrate an understanding of selected theological doctrines


Discuss key theological doctrines in the context of ancient texts


Online delivery will include articles and lecture notes, video lectures and online discussion forums.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Calivas, Alkiviadis C. Theology: The Conscience of the Church. Brookline, Mass: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2002.
  • Davis, Stephen J. Coptic Christology in Practice: Incarnation and Divine Participation in Late Antique and Medieval Egypt. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Florovsky, Georges. Collected Works of Georges Florovsky. Belmont, Mass: Nordland Pub. Co, 1972.
  • Gregorios, Bishop. Dogmatic Theology - ‘Lm Alahut Alaqydy. 2 vols. Cairo: Society of Bishop Gregorios 2005.
  • Lossky, Vladimir. Orthodox Theology: An Introduction Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1978.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology: An Introduction 5th ed. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2010.
  • Oden, Thomas C. Classic Christianity: A Systematic Theology. New York: HarperOne, 2009.
  • Samuel, V. C. The Council of Chalcedon Re-Examined: A Historical and Theological Survey. Madras: Christian Literature Society for the Senate of Serampore College, 1977.
  • Tawadros, Maurice. Dogmatic Theology- ‘Lm Alahut Alaqydy. 2 vols. Cairo: Bishopric of Youth, 1991. (Arabic text)

*** Note: Segments of Arabic texts will be translated by the lecturer


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay – A Selected Doctrinal Theme 2000 words

0 50.0

Essay – Theological Reflection 2000 words

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 29 Jan, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-01-29 16:19:46 +1100