“In view of the critical environmental problems confronting the modern world, reflection on the nature and meaning of the world and on humanity’s place in it becomes increasingly important. While Christian theology has done this for centuries, the present situation calls for a serious rethinking of many issues in the light of contemporary physics, biology and cultural history.” (Hayes, The Gift of Being, 2001). Developments in Science and Ecology challenge theology to reimagine who we are, who the Spirit of God is, who Christ is, where creation is going/moving. This unit will present a renewed Theology of Creation in the light of these challenges. In addition, this unit engages these challenges particularly in response to the developments in our expanded understanding of the world through science, especially cosmology and a significant response to the ecological crisis through an examination of the landmark encyclical, Laudato Si (2015).
Unit code: CT9020Y
Unit status: Approved (New unit)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Systematic Theology
Delivery Mode: Mode determined at Scheduling
Proposing College: Yarra Theological UnionShow when this unit is running
Examine the biblical material for a renewed theology of Creation.
Identify and explain the significant insights from the ecological and cosmological understanding of our world (creation).
Analyse the theological nature and place of the human person in relationship with creation.
Critically evaluate the connection between solidarity with the poor and concern for the environment as presented in Laudato Si.
Construct, together, the elements of a theology of creation relevant to the new challenges.
Identify, analyse and critically evaluate theological responses to Laudato Si.
Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.
24 points in CT or equivalent
Synchronous Lectures and Seminars.
|Type||Description||Word count||Weight (%)|
|Essay - Minor Paper||3000||40.0|
|Essay - Major Paper||5000||60.0|
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 27 Jun, 2023
Unit record last updated: 2023-06-27 15:18:20 +1000