Field C – Christian Thought and History

 

CH2060P/3060P/9060P

RADICAL LEGACIES: FAITH, ACTIVISM AND SOCIAL CHANGE
K Handasyde

Field C – Church History (CH)

Semester 1: Thursday, 2pm to 5 pm
Available online

Take a deep dive into the history of Christian movements for social change. You’ll meet campaigners for justice, welfare, peace, environment, housing, and human rights. From 19th century women’s groups to 20th century grassroots activists, explore their worlds, hear what they had to say, and trace the legacies of their radical, gospel work. Enrol in “Radical Legacies” and discover how woke grandmas tried to save the world!

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CH2060PCH3060PCH9060P

 

CH/CT2100P/8100P

THE CRACKING OF CHRISTENDOM: THEOLOGICAL ISSUES OF THE REFORMATION
K Handasyde, K Massam, G Thompson

Field C – Church History (CH) and Systematic Theology (CT)

Semester 2: Tuesday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Also available online

They say the past is a foreign country. Join this tour of sixteenth-century Europe to discover the ongoing impact of Reformation debates. We will explore the understandings of grace, salvation, creation, sacrament, scripture and church order using key texts and writers with a focus on the relationship between theological, historical and geographical contexts in shaping new forms of Christian identity and practice.

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CH/CT 2100PCH/CT 8100P

 

CH/DL3101P/9101P

MARY: FEMINIST THEOLOGICAL REVISIONS
S Burns

Field C – Church History (CH)
Also available in Field D – Liturgy (DL) 

Semester 1: Intensive 30 April I 1, 7, 8, 28, 29 May

Moving across church traditions and drawing on feminist thinkers, we will explore the theological dynamics surrounding Mary the mother of Jesus. How has Mary of Nazareth been understood in various Christian
communities? What is the significance of devotion to Mary for feminist theologies? And how does feminism refresh or inform an understanding of Mary?

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CH/DL3101PCH/DL9101P

 

CH/DS3405P/9405P

LIVING BY THE RULE: BENEDICTINE LIFE IN AUSTRALIA
K Massam

Field C – Church History (CH)
Also available in Field D – Spirituality (DS)

Semester 2: Intensive
31 August (Melbourne) I 24 September & 1 October (Jamberoo NSW) I 23 October (Melbourne)

Benedict of Nursia (c.480-543) developed his Rule from Scripture and early Christian writers as a dynamic set of guidelines for life in community. In collaboration with the Benedictine community at Jamberoo Abbey, NSW, we will explore the way of life he established, and set the Rule within broader Christian tradition and Australian history. Travel and accommodation at Jamberoo involves an additional fee. Numbers will be strictly limited in order to be Covid-safe. Please register your interest early.

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CH/DS 3405PCH/DS9405P

CT1010P/8010P

CULTURE, BELIEF AND THEOLOGY
G Thompson

Field C – Systematic Theology (CT)

Semester 1: Intensive 16, 17, 19, 20 April.
 Also available online

This unit explores the ways God, Jesus, Salvation and the Bible are discussed at and beyond the borderlands of the church and the wider Australian culture. Responding to these discussions, the unit identifies the theological issues shaping those discussions.  Through this inductive approach, some of the core skills and resources of Christian theology are introduced.

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CT1010PCT8010P

 

CT2020P/ 8020P

JESUS, DISCIPLESHIP AND JUSTICE
S Douglas, G Thompson

Field C – Systematic Theology (CT)

Semester 1: Tuesday, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Also available online

Who is Jesus, and what does it mean to be a disciple? How important is Christology to Christian theology? This unit explores such questions beginning with the biblical witnesses to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. Developments of that witness  through examining the formulas of the creeds and later theological controversies. Special focus will be placed on feminist insights into biblical and patristic Christology, Christology as resistance to totalitarianism, Asian retrievals of ancient Cosmic Christology, and the relationship between Christology and practices of reconciliation and justice in contemporary  Australia.

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CT2020PCT8020P

 

CT2222P/8222P

UNITING CHURCH THEOLOGY AND HISTORY
G Thompson

Field C – Systematic Theology (CT)

Semester 1: Intensive 15, 16, 17, 18, 20 February

The Uniting Church has a relatively short history; its theology is still a work in progress. This unit will study its theological and historical roots. The content and status of its Basis of Union will be critically examined. Aspects of the church’s post-union history and life will be evaluated: its emerging theological trajectories, debates about women’s ordination, its cultural diversity, its commitment to reconciliation with Australia’s indigenous people, and its profile in matters of social justice. The unit is a joint venture of Pilgrim and United Theological College with real-time cohorts in both Parkville and Parramatta. 

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CT2222PCT8222P

 

CT3020P/9020P

DOCTRINE, TRUTH AND PLURALISM
G Thompson

Field C – Systematic Theology (CT)

Semester 2: Intensive
23, 30 July. 6, 13 August. 10, 17 September
Also available online  

Doctrine is woven into every feature of the church’s life, but it mostly stays beneath the surface until a specific theological controversy erupts. This unit will explore the multiple hidden and visible roles of doctrine in the life of the church, its relationship to the bible, its witness to the truth of a living God, and the possibilities of doctrinal innovation. Current scholarly discussions around these issues will be introduced, especially those drawing on ‘affect theory’ that relate doctrine to the passions and experiences of Christian life and the work of the Holy Spirit.

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CT3020PCT9020P