This unit will explore contemporary concepts of salvation with a particular focus on the relationship between theology and mission. It will include an examination of key biblical and theological sources which have contributed to the development of several modern soteriologies and offer constructive responses. The unit will explore the significance of these concepts of salvation in relation to a range of issues including: social service, justice, evangelism and interfaith dialogue.

Unit code: CT2295B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Outline theological and missiological reasons for developing a contemporary soteriology


Articulate a theology of salvation that connects meaningfully with holistic mission


Demonstrate a broad understanding of selected biblical texts relating to salvation


Discuss the significance of context in the development of contemporary theologies of salvation.

Unit sequence

18 points of Systematic Theology


Lectures, online tutorials, video resources

Indicative Bibliography

  • Davies-Kildea, Jason. What is the meaning of Salvation in The Salvation Army today? Exploring a theology of social service and holistic mission. Mauritius: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009.
  • Castillo, Daniel P. An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology. New York: Orbis, 2019.
  • Green, Joel. B. Why Salvation? Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 2014.
  • Hart, David Bentley. That All Should be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2021.
  • Lee, Michael E., ed. Ignacio Ellacuria: Essays on History, Liberation, and Salvation. New York: Orbis, 2013.
  • Martel-Otero, Loida A., Zaida Maldonado Perez, and Elizabeth Conde-Frazier. Latina Evangelicas: A Theological Survey from the Margins. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2013.
  • Middleton, J. Richard. A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Smith, Dean and Rob Fringer. Wesleyan Perspectives on Human Flourishing. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2021.
  • Snyder, Howard and Joel Scandrett. Salvation Means Creation Healed: The Ecology of Sin and Grace. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011.
  • Wright, N.T. Justification: God’s Plan, Paul’s Vision. Leicester: IVP Academic, 2016.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2,500 word essay

2500 60.0
Seminar or Tutorial

1,000 word tutorial paper

1000 20.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,000 word tutorial paper

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 17 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-17 18:07:55 +1000