THL111 Introduction To Christian Theology (8)


This subject introduces Christian theology as a critical discipline in the church and in relation to wider society. Revelation, scripture, tradition, reason, experience and praxis are examined as key factors in theological reasoning. Central teachings of the Christian faith, including God as trinity, the person and work of Christ, the Spirit, humanity and the church, are introduced. These Christian doctrines are critically retrieved for Christian life and community in various contemporary contexts.

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Session 1
InternalCanberra Campus
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Distance*Canberra Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
THL460 THL460 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss the task of theology as part of the work and ministry of the Christian community;
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the nature, methods, sources and content of Christian theology;
  • be able to formulate a critical and reflective personal expression of Christian faith in contemporary culture;
  • be able to engage critically with a variety of contemporary approaches to theology; and
  • demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • being a theologian
  • the task of theology
  • theological engagement with socio-cultural contexts
  • factors in theological thinking: revelation, scripture, tradition, reason, experience, culture, praxis
  • the critical retrieval of various Christian doctrines
  • the Christian witness to the revelation of God and human responses to it

Residential School

This subject contains a optional 2 day residential school. The residential school for this introductory subject provides an orientation to the subject matter, methodology, library resources, and research tools pertaining to the study of Christian Theology.

Activities include lectures, library orientation and group work.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.