This unit reflects on the doctrinal content of the third article of the creed. Particular attention is given to characteristically Lutheran emphases in ecclesiology, sacramental theology and eschatology.

Unit code: CT3009L (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Identify and discuss key theological concepts in this unit, their development in various Christian traditions, and where they differ from the Lutheran tradition


Critically reflect on the Lutheran church’s dogmatic tradition in the light of scripture and the contemporary context and to identify tension points


Express an informed critical opinion on theological issues relating to sanctification


Analyse and critique current scholarship relating to sanctification in the light of Lutheran theology

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 3 unit in undergraduate theology and ministry courses

Prerequisites: 18 points in the discipline of Systematic Theology (CT)


This unit is underpinned by teaching practices and strategies (e.g. lectures, tutorials) which encourage student engagement and participation in a variety of learning tasks and opportunities which foster deep learning.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bayer, Oswald. Martin Luther’s theology: a contemporary interpretation. Translated by Thomas H. Trapp. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Gunton, Colin E. The Christian faith: an introduction to Christian doctrine. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2002.
  • Jenson, Robert W. Systematic theology. Vol. 2, The Works of God. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Kolb, Robert. The Christian faith: a Lutheran exposition. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia, 1993.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian theology: an introduction. 5th ed. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • Migliore, Daniel L. Faith seeking understanding: an introduction to Christian theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.
  • Peters, Ted. God—the world’s future: systematic theology for a new era. 3rd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2015.
  • Sasse, Hermann. We confess anthology. Translated by Norman Nagel. St Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2004.
  • Schwarz, Hans. The Christian faith: a creedal account. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

The relationship between justification and sanctification

2500 50.0

Critique an alternative approach to sanctification

2500 50.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2020-09-23 18:47:12 +1000