The first half of the unit explores the theology of creation with attention paid to the contemporary discussion on the relation between science and theology. Apart from the doctrine of creation (and continuing creation), the first half of the unit also includes theological anthropology, sin and evil and the problem of theodicy. The second half of the unit focuses on redemption and Christology. It begins with looking at the relation between the person and work of Christ. Particular attention is given to the doctrine of the incarnation (the two natures of Christ) and the various theories of the atonement. The unit concludes with a discussion of Christ’s descent into hell, his bodily resurrection, his ascension and his presence in the church today.

Unit code: CT9010L

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Critically analyse key theological concepts and their development in Christian tradition, distinguishing where they differ from the Lutheran tradition


Critically reflect on the Lutheran Church’s dogmatic tradition in the light of scripture and contemporary issues and assess tension points


Assess contemporary approaches to Creation theology in light of modern science


Critically evaluate traditional and contemporary views on the atonement

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 9 unit in postgraduate theology and ministry courses

Prerequisites: 24 points in the discipline of Systematic Theology (CT)


This unit uses teaching strategies such as lectures, group discussion and debate, reporting on weekly set readings, visual representation of ideas by students, personal reflection and brainstorming 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. Grand Rapids, MI: WB Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Braaten, Carl E. Who is Jesus? Disputed questions and answers. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2011.
  • Enns, Peter. The evolution of Adam: what the Bible does and doesn’t say about human origins. Ada, MI: Brazos, 2012.
  • Jenson, Robert W. Systematic theology. Vol. 2, The works of God. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Jones, Beth Felker. Practicing Christian doctrine: an invitation to thinking and living theologically. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Kilcrease, Jack D. The self-donation of God: a contemporary Lutheran approach to Christ and his benefits. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2013.
  • Kolb, Robert. The Christian faith: a Lutheran exposition. Saint Louis, MO: Concordia, 1993.
  • Peters, Ted, God—the world’s future: systematic theology for a new era. 3rd. ed. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2015.
  • Scaer, David P. Christology. Confessional Lutheran dogmatics. Vol. 6. Edited by Robert D. Preus. Fort Wayne, IN: International Foundation for Lutheran Confessional Research, 1989.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Creation and the Fall

2500 30.0

The person and work of Christ

2500 30.0

Theories of the atonement

3000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-05 11:39:01 +1100