This unit explores the Lutheran pattern of spirituality within its historical, cultural and ecclesial context. Attention is given to how Christian spirituality is affected by understandings of personal experience, as well as to the contextual role played by contemporary Australian society. A biblical theology of spirituality will be developed that focuses on a number of factors: its Trinitarian basis, its personal yet corporate nature, and its close connection with the life of sanctification as outlined in the New Testament. There is a strong focus on understanding and more deeply appropriating a number of personal and corporate spiritual disciplines. Opportunity is also made to explore selected spiritual practices of other Christian traditions.

Unit Code: DS3220L

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify and analyse the influence of contemporary Australian culture on our experience, understanding and practice of Christian spirituality


Express Christian spirituality in terms of biblical and Trinitarian theology


Explain how the personal and corporate nature of Christian spirituality are connected


Explore and describe some of the key Christian spiritual disciplines


Describe at least one other significant tradition of Christian spirituality and evaluate its potential in today’s culture


Critically analyse personal spiritual journey in light of learnings

Unit sequence

At least 30 credit points in Field D is desirable


Lecture, discussion, tutorial, fieldwork


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Reflection 750 words

750 15.0
Book Review

Reading and response 750 words

750 35.0

Final paper 2500 words

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:59:56 +1100