Spirit, Church, World

Spirit, Church, World

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Field: Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): CT2600T (Class based) / CT2609T (Online)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 2)
Delivery mode: Face-to face and Online
Prerequisites: CT1010T / CT1019T – Christian Creeds, or equivalent

The revitalised interest in Trinitarian theology in recent times has given added place to the Holy Spirit in Christian theology and practice and to the potential for human community more generally. The Spirit grounds and energises the hope and promise of Jesus Christ for the church and for the world.  Drawing on this theology, this unit focuses on ecclesiology, the study of the church’s self-understanding as a community of Jesus Christ enlivened by the Holy Spirit. Related core issues such the church’s mission, ministry and sacramental life will be examined and students are invited to develop a sustained critical and constructive analysis of ecclesiology within the broader ecumenical and Australian context.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a thoughtful and critical awareness of the theology of the Holy Spirit.
  • evaluate the major developments in ecclesiology, and especially in the twentieth and twenty first centuries.
  • articulate the strengths and weaknesses of key ways of understanding the mission of the church in the world
  • demonstrate a critical appreciation of some historical and contemporary theologies of the Spirit, church and world in Trinitarian perspective.
  • Tutorial discussion and papers, including peer evaluation (1,000 words) (20%)
  • Literature review 1,500 words (35%)
  • Essay of 2,000 words (45%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Congar, Yves, I Believe in the Holy Spirit, Seabury Press, 1983, 3 vols.

Del Colle, Ralph, Christ and the Spirit: Spirit-Christology in Trinitarian Perspective, OUP, 1994

Ford, David F. and Stamps, Dennis L. Essential of Christian Community, Edinburgh, T&T Clark, 1996.

Hardy Daniel W. Finding the Church: The dynamic truth of Anglicanism. London: SCM, 2001.

Healy, Nicholas M. Church, World and the Christian Life. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2000.

Lindbeck, George A. The Church in a Postliberal Age, Ed James J. Buckley, London, SCM Press, 2002.

Mannion, Gerard. Ecclesiology and Postmodernity: Questions for the Church in Our Time. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2007.

Maquarrie, John. Theology, Church and Ministry. London: SCM, 1986.

Moltmann, Jürgen. The Spirit of Life. London: SCM, 1992.

Mudge, Lewis S. The Sense of a People: Toward a Church for the Human Future. Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 1992.

Mudge, Lewis S. A Sense of a People: Toward a Church for the Human Future. Philadelphia: Trinity Press International, 1992.

Schillebeeckx, Edward. The Church with a Human Face: A New and Expanded Theology of Ministry. London: SCM, 1985.

Taylor, John V, The Go-Between God, SCM, 1973

Welker, Michael, God the Spirit, Fortress, 1994

Zizoulas, John D. Being as Communion. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1985.

 Lecturer: The Revd Dr Don Saines
 Timetable: Offered in 2016 in Semester 2 only