THL215 Jesus the Christ (8)

This subject surveys the biblical sources and major historical developments of Christian thinking concerning the claim that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ of God. It introduces major classical, modern (twentieth-century) and contemporary developments in the theology of the person and work of Christ. Further contemporary themes are examined, including Christology and religious pluralism, liberation Christologies and contextual Christologies.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Online *
Canberra Campus
Term 1 (75)
On Campus
Ming Hua Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL215. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Assumed Knowledge


Subject Relationships

THL407 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to discuss key aspects of the biblical witness that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised messiah of God
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the major classical developments in the theology of the person and work of Jesus Christ
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of modern (twentieth-century) and contemporary developments in the theology of the person and work of Christ
  • be able to expound at least one major contemporary approach to christology
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is Christology?
  • Biblical witness to Jesus Christ
  • Patristic developments: the humanity and divinity of Christ
  • The quests for the historical Jesus
  • Salvation, atonement and the question of violence
  • The resurrection and ascension
  • The uniqueness of Christ in a pluralist world
  • Christology and religious pluralism, liberation Christologies (including feminist, ecological and global Christologies) and contextual Christologies
  • The meaning of Christ in relation to culture and public life

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

The residential school for this subject provides an orientation to the subject matter, methodology, library resources, and research tools pertaining to the study of Christology.

Activities include lectures, library orientation and group work.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.