“Where there is salvation, its name is Jesus; its grammar is the cross and resurrection” (Rowan Williams). This unit explores the key theological questions in the doctrine of salvation: what are we saved from? What are we saved for? How are we saved? What does it mean to be saved?

Unit code: CT9017Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Identify the biblical roots for the Christian understanding of salvation


Critically evaluate at least two approaches, from differing time periods, to the Christian understanding of salvation


Describe and evaluate the ramifications to Christian thought of these approaches to the understanding of salvation


Critically engage with issues of universalism and the scope of salvation


Appraise contemporary Christian approaches to the notion of ‘Fallen Humanity’

Unit sequence

One foundational unit in CT


Lectures and Seminars

Indicative Bibliography

  • Davidson, Ivor and Murray Rae, eds. God of Salvation. Farnham, VA: Ashgate, 2011.
  • Mertens, Herman-Emiel. Not the Cross but the Crucified. Louvain: Peeters, 1990.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. Jesus Our Redeemer. Oxford: OUP, 2007.
  • ———. Salvation for All: God’s Other People. Oxford: OUP, 2008.
  • Tanner, Kathryn. Christ the Key. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
  • Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1996.
  • Williams, Rowan. Resurrection. London: Darton Longman and Todd, 2002.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay of 2000 words

2000 30.0

Essay of 1500 words

1500 20.0

Essay of 3500 words

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000