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Emerging Christian Theology: The Creeds (100-500 CE) (THE510)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit is an introduction to the history of Christian theology from the origins of Christianity in the first century until the Council of Chalcedon in 451. It focuses on early Christian understandings of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, and the Church, in connection with theological method, biblical interpretation, theological anthropology, worship, spirituality, and ethics. A study of the historical contexts, major theologians, church councils, and doctrinal developments of the patristic period.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
LO1 Describe the philosophical and historical contexts, major theologians, doctrinal developments, church councils, and popular religious movements of the period
LO2 Critically evaluate early Christian texts in translation with understanding and insight
LO3 Assess the relevance of patristic theology for contemporary theology and life
LO4 Demonstrate effective written communication skills.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 1 x 2 hours per week
Assessment Assessment consists of two Research Papers (each 2000 words) and an exam. The research papers are each worth 33% and the exam is worth 34%. Written feedback will address both conceptual issues (grasp of the ancient ideas; quality of logic) and the quality of the students' written expression.
Prerequisites Enrolment in graduate level study.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Chaplaincy (GradDipChap) [New in 2014]
Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol) [New in 2014]
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Divinity (MDiv) [New in 2014]
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Ric Barrett-Lennard
Honorary Research Associate

e: rbarrettlennard@gmail.com
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Ric Barrett-Lennard
Honorary Research Associate

e: rbarrettlennard@gmail.com
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