The enduring scandal of Christian affirmation, that God became flesh, poses theological, philosophical, and existential challenges that every generation of Christian belief must engage. This unit examines in depth the core theological distinctives of the Christian faith—the incarnation of God in Christ and God’s triunity. Attention will be given to both the historical developments of these affirmations and to their ongoing reinterpretation and rearticulation in multiple contexts.

Unit code: CT2001Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: St Francis College

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Learning outcomes


Explain some of the key theological concepts relating to the incarnation and trinity.


Understand the role of contextual historical discourses in shaping trinitarian and incarnational theology across history.


Analyse the entanglement of christology and trinitarian theology.


Collaborate with peers in classroom discussions on the weekly readings.

Unit sequence

This unit requires two units in systematic theology at a foundation level.


Direct instruction, provocation, and self-directed learning approach to learning discipline-specific skills (demonstrating an understanding of concepts in theology, reading, and reflecting on a range of theologians, and engaging in the process of re-constructing theology for the contemporary context, and classroom dialogues) through lectures, tutorials with targeted learning activities, and formative and summative assessment tasks.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Gregory. On God and Christ: The Five Theological Orations and Two Letters to Cledonius. Translated by Frederick Williams and Lionel R Wickham. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press "Popular Patristics" Series, [23]. Crestwood, New York: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2002.
  • Schweitzer, Don. Contemporary Christologies: A Fortress Introduction. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial - Weekly Participation

Active contributions to the weekly tutorial discussion and/or contributions to the forum each week.

1000 10.0
Written Examination - Short exam

Answer paragraph-length short-answer questions on the historical development of the incarnation/trinity.

1500 20.0
Oral Presentation - Oral Presentation and tutorial leadership

Students will present a brief presentation (7-10 minutes) and lead a discussion on their presentation.

700 30.0
Essay - Essay/Sermon

Argumentative essay or a sermon and explication (1000 word sermon, 2000 word explication).

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 21 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2023-01-18 11:01:36 +1100