The unit explores approaches to theologies and practices of cultural meeting and understanding. By examining a range of theologies of culture and inculturation, students are able to develop an understanding of the challenges, complexities, and issues associated with mission attuned to cross-cultural engagement and the contextualisation of Christian practice and belief.

Unit code: CT3332Y

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Describe understandings and theories of culture in human life


Critically analyse aspects of cultural anthropology and theology related to mission


Evaluate situations and experiences of intercultural dialogue and gospel inculturation


Evaluate cultural pressures on Christian life and belief

Unit sequence

Either an UG level 1 CT or DM unit


Mixed mode/blended learning - lectures and tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Adeney, Frances. Women and Christian Mission: Ways of Knowing and Doing Theology. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2015.

  • Andraos, Michael, Bernadeth Caero Bustillos, Geraldo de Mori, eds. Christianities and Indigenous Peoples, London: SCM Press, 2019.

  • Stephen Bevans and Katalina Tahaafe-Williams, eds. Contextual Theology for the Twenty-First Century. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011.

  • Grenham, Thomas, G. The Unknown God: Religious and Theological Inculturation. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2005.

  • McDowell, John C. The Gospel According to Star Wars: Faith, Hope and the Force, 2nd edn. (Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press, 2017).

  • McDowell, John C. The Politics of Big Fantasy: Studies in Cultural Suspicion (Jefferson, NC: McFarland Press, 2014).

  • Oborji, Francis A. Concepts of Mission: The Evolution of Contemporary Missiology. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2006.

  • Pocock, M. The Changing Faces of World Missions: Engaging Contemporary Issues and Trends. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic, 2005.

  • Ross, Cathy and Stephen B. Bevans, Mission on the Road to Emmaus: Constants, Context and Prophetic Dialogue, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2015.

  • Tan, Jonathan Y. Christian Mission among the Peoples of Asia. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014.

  • Tanner, Kathryn. Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Variant 1

Essay 1500 35.0
Essay 3000 65.0

Variant 2

Essay 400 10.0
Essay 4100 90.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 8 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-08 14:20:03 +1000