Christian Creeds and Doing Theology (P/G)

Field: Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): CT8019T (Online)
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate (Foundational)
Delivery mode: Online only
Prerequisites: None
Prohibited Combinations: Cannot be taken if student has completed CT8000U (Groundwork in Theology) or equivalent
Content: The unit draws on the Christian Creeds viewed as a narrative framework for introducing students to the nature and scope of systematic theology, its sources, norms, including revelation and the relationship between faith and reason. It looks at historical moments in the development of theology, covering at least two of the following areas:  the patristic period, the Reformation, and theology since the modern period.  
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • define and use a range of key theological terms which constitute the requisite technical vocabulary for systematic theology
  • articulate an understanding of the role of systematic theology and how it may be done
  • identify and distinguish the various sources on which Christian theology draws
  • describe the development of key creedal doctrines, their inter-relationship and importance for contemporary theology and today’s contexts
  • analyse and articulate the significance of historical context for understanding theological development, drawing on examples from two historical periods.
  • Tutorial reflection, equivalent to 1,500 words (20%)
  • Two 1,500-word book reviews (30%)
  • 3,000-word essay (50%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Barth, K. Dogmatics in Outline. London: SCM, 1949 (1973).

Dulles, A. The Craft of Theology. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1992.

Fiorenza, F.S. and J.P. Galvin, J.P. (eds.). Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, 2 vols, 2nd edition. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011.

Ford, D.F. Theology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Guthrie, S.C. Christian Doctrine. Rev. ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1994.

Hunt, A., et al, eds. The Foundations of Christian Faith: An Introduction for Students. Southbank: Social Science Press, 2004.

Macquarrie, J. Principles of Christian Theology. London: SCM, 1966.

*McGrath, A.E. The Christian Theology Reader, 4th edition. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

McGrath, A.E. Theology: The Basics, 3rd edition. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.

McGrath, A.E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. 5th ed. Oxford: Blackwells, 2011.

Migliore, D.L. Faith Seeking Understanding, 2nd edition. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Moltmann, J. Experiences in Theology: Ways and Forms of Christian Theology. London: SCM,    


Ratzinger, J. Principles of Catholic Theology: Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology. San

        Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987.