In this unit students will consider theological understandings of the human person including those from both historical and contemporary sources. They will be introduced to key issues in the area of theological anthropology including those of gender and sexuality, personhood, race, and technology. Students will consider understanding of the human vocation and how this impacts upon their own life and the lives of those with whom they interact.

Unit code: CT3025Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Wollaston Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Outline and describe historical and contemporary developments within theological anthropology


Compare and contrast historical and contemporary theological anthropologies and show the impact of changing demographics of theological scholarship on understandings of the human person


Describe the contribution of theological anthropology to contemporary discussions of human rights and ethics


Show ways that the theological understandings of the human person have impacted upon the practices of the church

Unit sequence

18 points in systematic theology


Lectures, seminars and tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Champion, Denise. Yarta Wandatha. Salisbury: Denise Champion, 2014.
  • Cortez, Marc. ReSourcing Theological Anthropology: A Constructive Account of Humanity in the Light of Christ. Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan, 2017.
  • Eastman, Susan Grove. Paul and the Person: Reframing Paul’s Anthropology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2017.
  • Felker Jones, Beth and Jeffrey W. Barbeau (Editors). The Image of God in an Image Driven World: Explorations in Theological Anthropology. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016.
  • Fielder, Bronwyn and Douglas Ezzy. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Christians: Queer Christians, Authentic Selves. Sydney: Bloomsbury, 2018.
  • Gonzalez, Michelle A. Created in God’s Image: An Introduction to Feminist Theological Anthropology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007.
  • Gooder, Paula. Body: biblical spirituality for the whole person. London: SPCK, 2016.
  • McFadyen, Alistair. Bound to Sin: Abuse, Holocaust and the Christian Doctrine of Sin. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Macquarrie, John. In Search of Humanity: A theological and philosophical approach. London: SCM Press, 1982.
  • Thatcher, Adrian (Editor). The Oxford Handbook of Theology, Sexuality and Gender. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Journal 1000 20.0
Oral Presentation 1000 20.0
Article (for Newspaper, e.g. letter to the editor) 500 20.0
Essay 2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 18 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-18 10:42:07 +1100