This unit will explore doctrines of salvation as they have emerged in communities across the history of the global church, examining their responses to the key theological questions: What are we saved from? What are we saved for? How are we saved? What does it mean to be saved? Contextual influences and issues, and contemporary relevance will be investigated and discussed.

Unit code: CT9746Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Assess the biblical sources for Christian understandings of salvation


Critically analyse the responses of Christian communities to the key theological questions in regard to salvation, mindful of contextual influences


Evaluate the significance of doctrines of salvation for a named contemporary context


Critically reflect upon universalism and the scope of salvation


Employ knowledge and skills developed in the unit to critique and develop resources suitable for selected ministry context(s)

Unit sequence

A Level 9 unit in postgraduate theology and ministry awards.


UCLT uses primary and secondary sources considered through different lenses to identify and explore the challenges of the unit material for the contemporary world. Students are engaged in a range of comparative, analytical and reflective practices.

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.
  • Gebara, Ivone. Out of the Depths: Women's Experience of Evil and Salvation.* Minneapolis: Fortress, 2002.
  • Green, Gene L., Stephen T. Pardue, Khiok-Khng Yeo (Eds). So Great a Salvation: Soteriology in the Majority World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017.
  • Johnson, Adam (ed). T&T Clark Companion to Atonement. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.
  • Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Spirit and Salvation: A Constructive Theology for a Pluralistic World. Vol 4. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016.
  • MacDonald, Gregory (ed.). All Shall Be Well: Explorations in Universalism and Christian Theology from Origen to Moltmann. Cambridge: James Clark & Co, 2011.
  • 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.
  • Russell, Letty. Human Liberation in a Feminist Perspective - A Theology. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1974.
  • Ryan, Robin. Jesus and Salvation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.
  • Williams, Rowan. Resurrection. London: Darton Longman and Todd, 2002.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Responses - Responses to set readings across the semester 1500 20.0
Essay - Research Essay 2500 35.0
Oral Presentation - An in-class presentation

Students will have around 12-15 minutes to present in class

1000 20.0
Learning Resource - A resource suitable to apply knowledge gained for a named contemporary context 2000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 27 Mar, 2023

Unit record last updated: 2023-03-27 14:36:02 +1100