Spirit, Church, World (P/G)

Field: Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): CT9600T (Class based) / CT9609T (Online)
Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Elective
Delivery mode: Face-to face and Online
Prerequisites: CT8010T / CT8019T – Christian Creeds and Doing Theology

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 claim, 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 contemporary ecclesiologies of the Trinitarian perspective
  • formulate a critical theology of the church in the world within an Australian context.
  • Tutorial discussion papers, including peer evaluation, equivalent to 1,000 words (20%)
  • 2,000-word literature review (35%)
  • 3,000-word essay (45%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

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Church of England’s Mission and Public Affairs Council. Mission-Shaped Church. London: Church House Publishing, 2004.

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

Cowdell, God’s Next Best Thing: Discovering the Future Church, Mulgrave, John Garrett, 2004.

Croft, Steven, Transforming communities: re-imaging the Church for the 21st century. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 2003.

Curnow, Andrew, et al, Building the Mission-shaped Church in Australia, Alexandria: Broughton Books, 2008

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

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

Gutierrez, G. We Drink from our own Wells. Maryknoll: Orbis, 1984.

Haight, Roger. Christian Community in History: Comparative Ecclesiology. Vol 2; New York/London: Continuum, 2005.

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.

Kaye, Bruce, McNeil, Sarah, and Thomson, Heather, eds., ‘Wonderful and Confessedly Strange’: Australian Essays in Anglican Ecclesiology, Adelaide, ATF, 2006.

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: Liturgical Press, 2007.

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

Moltmann, Jürgen. The Church in the Power of the Spirit. London: SCM, 1977.

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

Mudge, Lewis. The Church as Moral Community: Ecclesiology and Ethics in Ecumenical Debate. Geneva/New York: WCC/ Continuum, 1998.

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

Pickard, Stephen. Inbetween God: Theology, Community, Discipleship, Adelaide: ATF, 2012

Pickard, Stephen. Theological Foundations for Collaborative Ministry (Aldershot: Ashgate 2010)

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

Welker, Michael, God the Spirit. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994.

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