THL113 Being the Church (8)

This subject examines the scriptural, theological and sacramental bases for the identity and mission of the church in the twenty-first century. The emergence of the ecumenical movement will be discussed, as will contemporary critiques of the church related to the history of colonialism, the abuse of power and the end of Christendom.

Availability

* 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: THL113. 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed subject THL212 or THL461.

Subject Relationships

THL461 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

THL212, THL461

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate the scriptural, theological and sacramental foundations of the Christian church;
  • be able to discuss theological issues relating to the unity and diversity of the church across history;
  • be able to reflect critically on the relations between the mission of the church and its varied contexts: cultural, political and geographical;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of contemporary critiques of the church related to the history of colonialism, the abuse of power and the end of Christendom; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including basic research, writing and communication skills.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The church according to the New Testament
  • The relation between Israel, Jesus and the church
  • The church as sacramental community
  • The church as missionary community
  • The twentieth century ecumenical movement
  • Contemporary critiques of the church related to the history of colonialism, the abuse of power and the end of Christendom
  • The church in its cultural and national contexts

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Optional Residential School.

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

Activities include lectures, library orientation and group work.

Special Resources

Online students who choose to attend the optional residential school in Canberra will need to arrange and cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: January 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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