“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

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Assess the biblical roots for the Christian understanding of salvation


Critically compare and 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

CT8003 or equivalent


An interactive mode lecture, exploratory workshop, series of pre-prepared materials and online resources will be employed.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Davidson, Ivor and Murray Rae, eds. God of Salvation. Farnham, VA: Ashgate, 2011.
  • Edwards, Denis. Deep Incarnation: God's Redemptive Suffering with Creation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2019.
  • Johnson, Adam (ed.). T&T Clark Companion to Atonement. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.
  • Mertens, Herman-Emiel. Not the Cross but the Crucified. Louvain: Peeters, 1990.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. Jesus Our Redeemer. Oxford: OUP, 2007.
  • Ruether, Rosemary Radford. Women and Redemption. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2012.
  • Ryan, Robin. Jesus and Salvation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.
  • Williams, Rowan. Resurrection. London: Darton Longman and Todd, 2002.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)


1500 20.0

Summative Essay

2000 30.0

Final Essay

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 6 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-06 12:41:03 +1000