What does it mean to be human? This unit introduces and examines the ways in which Christian theology has approached and understood the mysteries of human personhood. With attention to christology, the body, sexuality, childhood, ageing, death and more, students will learn to deepen and articulate their own developing theological anthropology.

Unit code: CT2705W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and analyse a variety of ways that the Christian tradition has approached the question of our being human.


Evaluate where theological understandings of human personhood critically intersect with other theological commitments and experiences.


Articulate a coherent theological response to the question ‘What are human beings?’

Unit sequence

Elective Prerequisite: 18 points in CT Co-requisites: None
Prohibited combinations: None


The unit will comprise of asynchronous lectures delivered online plus both synchronous and asynchronous online discussions engaging with the topic for the set module and based on assigned readings.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anderson, Ray S. On Being Human: Essays in Theological Anthropology. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1982.
  • Coakley, Sarah. God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Cornwall, Susannah. Theology and Sexuality, SCM Core Text. London: SCM Press, 2013.
  • John Paul II. The Theology of the Body: Human Love in the Divine Plan. Boston: Pauline Books & Media, 1997.
  • Kelsey, David H. Eccentric Existence: A Theological Anthropology. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.
  • Macquarrie, John. In Search of Humanity: A Theological and Philosophical Approach. London: SCM, 1982.
  • Moltmann-Wendel, Elisabeth. I Am My Body: New Ways of Embodiment. Translated by John Bowden. London: SCM Press, 1994.
  • Murphy, Nancey C. Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
  • Schwarz, Hans. The Human Being: A Theological Anthropology. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2013.
  • Shults, Fount LeRon. Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Philosophical Turn to Relationality. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography

1000 25.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Online discussions

1500 25.0


2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 23 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000