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THL454 Christologies in Context (16)


This subject provides an historical and theological approach to the person and work of Jesus Christ. It reflects a concern within the discipline of Systematic Theology to consider the role of context in how the Christian faith interprets the core question of Christology: 'who do you say that I am?' The subject explores how such Christologies are constructed by focussing on the standard question, 'Who is Jesus Christ for us today?' in the light of diverse 'soteriological necessities' of the present age. The subject draws on Christological understandings from a variety of contexts in order to focus the examination of how the person and work of Christ may be understood in the Australian setting. The subject also explores how such a 'contextual Christology' may serve as the primary stimulus for the development of a contextual theology in general.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Ministry
Master of Arts (Public and Contextual Theology)
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
THL554 THL554 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to identify the core elements in a classic Christology;

  • be able to explain how and why the discipline of 'contextual Christology' has emerged;

  • be able to identify the sources upon which a 'contextual Christology' is constructed;

  • be able to evaluate critically the influence of post-colonial, diasporic and sociological theories upon the construction of Christology;

  • be able to evaluate the different hermeneutical strategies used in developing a contextual understanding of Christology;

  • be able to discuss critically how a contextual Christology reflects particular soteriological necessities;

  • be able to evaluate critically a selection of contextual Christologies;

  • be able to identify how a doctrine of the person and work of Christ functions in a range of specific contextual theologies; and

  • be able to give a critical account of how a classical systematic theology relates to an emerging contextual Christology.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  1. The central question: 'Who do you say that I am?'
  2. The 'Contextual Imperative' in contemporary theology
  3. The concept of 'Soteriological necessity' and its relationship to Christology
  4. New Testament Christologies in their contexts
  5. The development of contextual Christology in the contemporary period
  6. Jesus the Liberator
  7. The black Christ
  8. Gender and Christology
  9. The postcolonial Christ
  10. Jesus Christ 'Down Under'
  11. Christologies of Hospitality


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.