THL245 God, Humanity and Difference (8)


This subject examines the role, status, being and vocation of humanity through the Christian scriptures and its theological tradition. It critically engages with traditional issues within theological anthropology: the interpretation of the imago Dei, sin and evil, futility and death, grace and salvation. The relation between the doctrine of humanity and the doctrine of God is considered. The universalist claims of theological anthropology are examined in the light of particular interests. Insights from feminist, postcolonial, ecological, queer and  liberation theologies will be incorporated for their contribution to this topic.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of various approaches to theological anthropology
  • be able to discuss key biblical themes regarding humanity's relation to God (creation, fall and redemption) and the historical development of these themes
  • be able to assess critically recent constructive theological anthropology
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Biblical sources for theological anthropology
  • the contribution of early church theologians: imago Dei and deification, Augustine and Pelagius on original sin
  • medieval developments in theological anthropology
  • sin and grace in reformation theology
  • contemporary critiques: dualism, sexism, racism, individualism, anthropocentricism, heterosexism
  • discerning the difference that difference makes
  • 21st century perspectives on the human vocation


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.