THL314 Sacramental Theology (8)

This subject traces the origins of sacramental theology from its Jewish antecedents through to the New Testament texts and early church. It then considers the rise of sacramental theology proper in the patristic period. Later developments are pursued through historical and liturgical sources, from the medieval Western church and Reformation to the divergent traditions and practices in contemporary churches. The subject addresses challenges brought to sacramental theology by the ecumenical movement and by liberation, feminist and ecological theology.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Canberra Campus
United Theological College
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL314. 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

THL111, THL113 and THL215

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of key historical developments in sacramental theology
  • be able to discern the sacramental theology expressed in liturgical texts
  • be able to discuss and evaluate contemporary sacramental theologies
  • be able to give an account of the meaning and practice of baptism and eucharist in various ecclesial traditions
  • show knowledge of the critical and constructive contributions of recent theological developments on sacramental theology
  • demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • the concept of sacrament and its relation to sign, word and sacramentality
  • biblical and patristic foundations of sacramental theology
  • the development of sacramental theology in the Western church during the Medieval and Reformation periods
  • the sacraments in the English Reformation and the Anglican Prayer Books
  • changes in Catholic sacramental theology from the Council of Trent to Vatican II
  • sacramental theology in the Uniting Church tradition
  • the impact of the ecumenical movement on denominational sacramental theology
  • challenges of feminist, liberation and ecological theologies to sacramental theology


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.