Triune God: God’s Ways with the World (P/G)

Field: Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): CT9250T or CT9259T (online)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Postgraduate (Elective)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: CT8010T Christian Creeds and Doing Theology (or equivalent)
Content: This unit explores the centrality of the doctrine of the Trinity in the Christian faith, as reflected in the Christian Creeds. It moves from the study of New Testament materials to look at formative patristic developments. In addition, it examines directions taken in Trinitarian thought following its resurgence in the twentieth century, including critical examination of the implications of the doctrine for human life and creation.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • articulate the centrality of the doctrine of the Trinity and its theological development from its Christological foundations.
  • critically assess the modern challenges to belief in God and the resurgence of trinitarian theology in the 20th century.
  • articulate differences in understanding the Trinity between the Eastern and Western churches and the implications of them for their identity and differentiation and the unity of the world church
  • explicate implications of trinitarian theology for theological understanding of humanity and creation as a whole
  • critically evaluate a range of 20th century theologies of the Trinity, including social and feminist accounts, and their use in theology and other disciplines.
  • 1 x seminar paper (face-to-face) or essay (online) of 1,500 words (25%)
  • 1 x literature review of 1,500 words (25%)
  • 1 x essay of 3,000 words (50%)
Recommended Reading:

 (*eBooks available through DML)

*Emery, Gilles and Levering, Matthew, eds, The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity, Oxford: OUP, 2011.

*Gunton, C.E. The Promise of Trinitarian Theology. 2nd edn, London/New York: T&T Clark, 1997.

*Kasper, W. The God of Jesus Christ. New Edition, London and New York: Continuum, 2012

*Pannenberg, W. Systematic Theology. Vol. 1. London and New York: T&T Clark, 2014.

Barth, K. Church Dogmatics. Vol. I/1. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1975.

Cunningham, D.S. These Three are One: The Practice of Trinitarian Theology. Blackwell, 1998.

Dempsey, M.T (ed), Trinity and Election in Contemporary Theology, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011

Gunton, Colin. Father, Son and Holy Spirit: Toward a Fully Trinitarian Theology. T&T Clark, 2003.

Hunt, A. Trinity: Nexus of the Mysteries of Christian Faith. New York: Orbis, 2006.

Hunt, A. The Trinity: Insights from the Mystics, Hindmarsh: ATF, 2010

Jenson, R.W. Systematic Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Kelly, A. The Trinity of Love. Wilmington, Rel: M. Galzier, 1989.

LaCugna, C.M. God For Us. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1991.

Moltmann, J. The Trinity and the Kingdom of God. London: SCM, 1981.

O'Collins, G. The Tripersonal God. New York: Paulist, 1999.

Pannenberg, W. Systematic Theology. Vol. 1. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.

Schwöbel, C., ed. Trinitarian Theology Today. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1995.

Sherlock, C. God on the Inside. Canberra: Acorn Press, 1991.

Tanner, K. Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2001.

Torrance, Thomas F. The Christian Doctrine of God: One Being Three Persons. T&T Clark, 1996.

Volf, M. & M. Welker, eds, God’s Life in Trinity. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006.

Weinandy, Thomas G. The Father's Spirit of Sonship: Reconceiving the Trinity. T&T Clark, 1995.

 Lecturer: The Revd Dr Don Saines
 Timetable: Offered in 2017 in Semester 2 only.