Christian initiation through baptism and confirmation is an insertion into Christ’s death and resurrection as well as an entry into the Church. With the help of Christian anthropological insights, this unit will look at the scriptural, patristic foundations of these sacraments and their historical development. The contemporary theological reflection and the significance of baptism and confirmation in daily faith living will be discussed as a translation of rituals into daily life of the believers. Besides examining Baptism and Confirmation, the unit investigates the way how the Church deals with sins committed by those who have already imitated Christ’s death in baptism through the Sacrament of Penance. The historical and pastoral approach will be employed in order to arrive at a comprehensive knowledge how the Church administers the forgiveness won by Christ. The unit concludes by addressing the pastoral questions posed by the revised rites and contemporary situations of the three sacraments.
Unit code: CT2131C
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2
Unit discipline: Systematic Theology
Proposing College: Catholic Theological CollegeShow when this unit is running
Demonstrate a capacity to understand and explain the terminologies and concepts of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Penance in contemporary reflection.
Formulate a developed understanding of the scriptural foundations of Baptism, Confirmation and Penance within the theological framework of these sacraments.
Situate the various aspects of the practice and theology of Baptism, Confirmation and Penance within an historical and cultural context.
Explain how a pastoral awareness enriches the theology of Baptism, Confirmation, and Penance.
Prerequisites: CT1100C and CT1110C.
Learning consists of lectures/instructions with visual PowerPoint presentations, video clips, and occasional group discussions.
|Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper
Tutorial paper 500 words
Essay 2,500 words
1 ½ hour written exam
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 13 Jun, 2023
Unit record last updated: 2023-06-13 16:32:25 +1000