THL545 Classic Texts in Christian Theology (16)


This subject enables students to engage in the study of systematic theology at an advanced level by exploring critically texts that have had a formative influence on the Christian tradition. By engaging with selected classic Christian texts, their historical and theological contexts, and their reception and influence on later Christian thought, students will be encouraged to reflect deeply on the coherence, diversity, and continuing tensions within the Christian theological tradition.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Theology

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Theology and Bachelor of Theology (Honours) students only.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to provide an independent scholarly interpretation of classic theological texts at an advanced level
  • be able to reflect critically on the relationship between Christian theology and its diverse historical and theological contexts
  • be able to identify and discuss critically the reception and influence of classic texts in the later Christian tradition
  • be able to discuss critically the continuing significance of classic texts for issues in contemporary theology
  • be able to demonstrate a capacity for theological reasoning at an advanced level
  • be able to demonstrate research and writing skills appropriate for theological study at the Masters level


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Classic Texts: Historical and theological background
  • Close reading: part I
  • Close reading: part II
  • Close reading: part III
  • Close reading: part IV
  • Reception and influence
  • Relationship to contemporary debates
  • Critical evaluation


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.