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Christology Without Fig Leaves

A contemporary focus on the relativity of perspective has stripped Christology of some modern epistemological “fig leaves.” This exposure has forced the focus of Christology back to its apostolic roots in confession and biblical genres in expression. This renewed focus has been manifested in Triune perspectives of Christian identity and witness. The unit gives attention to this shift in a context of modern challenges to Christian faith and theological opportunities for contemporary expressions of Christian identity and witness.

Lecturer: Refer to Timetable
Offered: Refer to Timetable
Delivered: Face-to-face

Undergraduate: Level 2 or 3
Postgraduate: Level 9 elective

Discipline: Field C (Systematic Theology)

Level 2: 1 unit in Systematic Theology
Level 2: 3 units in Systematic Theology
Level 9: 1 unit in Field C

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Identify significant features of modern epistemologies, their challenges to Christian faith and perceived influences on expressions of Christology;
  2. Develop interpretive approaches to apostolic sources for Christology and its expressions applicable to contemporary life.
  3. Demonstrate a capacity to work with diverse biblical genres in giving expression to Christian identity and witness.
  4. Level 2: Identify contemporary expressions of Christian identity and witness that are shaped by an intentional focus on Christology and Trinity.
  5. Level 3: Articulate contemporary expressions of Christian identity and witness that are shaped by an intentional focus on Christology and Trinity.
  6. Level 9:Display evidence of research skills for studies in modern historical sources for contemporary Christology.


Undergraduate: Level 2
2 x 1300 word essays 50%
4 x 600 word document studies 50%

Undergraduate: Level 3
1 x 2500 word essay 50%
4 x 650 word document studies 50%

Postgraduate: Level 9
1 x 3000 word essay 50%
1 x 750 word document studies 50%

Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

Barth, K. The Word of God and the Word of Man. Trans. Douglas Horton. Gloucester, Mass.: Peter Smith, 1978.
Greene C.J.D. Christology in Cultural PerspectiveMarking out the Horizons. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2004.
Harnack, A. What is Christianity? trans. Thomas Bailey Saunders, 3rd and rev. ed. London and New York: Williams and Norgate; G.P. Putman’s Sons, 1904.
Houlden, L. ed. JesusThe Complete Guide. London: Continuum, 2005.
Jenson, R.W. Systematic Theology Volumes 1 & II: The Triune God, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997 / 1999.
Jüngel, E. God as the Mystery of the World: In the Foundation of the Theology of the Crucified One in the Dispute between Theism and Atheism, trans. Darrell L. Guder, Grand Rapids and Edinburgh: Eerdmans and T&T Clark, 1983.
Kierkegaard, S. Philosophical Fragments, ed. and trans. Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985.
Marion, J-L. Prolegomena to Charity, trans. Stephen E. Lewis, New York: Fordham University Press, 2002.
Marsh, C. Christ in Focus: Radical Christocentrism in Christian Theology, London: SCM, 2005.
Renan, E. The Life of Jesus, San Diego, CA.: Book Tree, 2007.
Taylor, C. A Secular Age. Cambridge MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University, 2007.
Toulmin, S. CosmopolisThe Hidden Agenda of Modernity. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.
Von Balthasar HU. Love Alone is Credible, trans. D.C. Schindler. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2004.