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 also examined, including Christology and religious pluralism, liberation Christologies and contextual Christologies.


* 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 3 (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

Enrolment Restrictions

Not available to students who have completed subject THL212 or THL417

Assumed Knowledge

Students are recommended to have prior knowledge equivalent to or studied THL111.

Subject Relationships

THL407 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects

THL112, THL407

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; and
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including basic 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
  • The death of Jesus
  • The resurrection and ascension
  • Salvation, atonement and the question of violence
  • 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL215 in Term 3 2021. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Essay 1
Essay 2

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.

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: May 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.