The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ

Subject Code TH402 - Undergraduate
TH602- Graduate
TitleThe Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ
Study Modes On Campus, Distance, Intensive
Next Available2015, Semester 2
TypeRegular or Elective

Lecturer: Dr Michael Brautigam

Introduction

The first section of the course introduces the Christian doctrine of God including the being and attributes of God, the person of Christ, his humanity and deity, the Holy Spirit and the Holy Trinity. The second section covers the work of Christ including his incarnation and ministry, his death and resurrection and his ascension and session.

Prerequisites and Exclusions

Pre-requisites: 2 Foundational Old or New Testament units plus one Church History

Learning Outcomes

  • To introduce the whole range of major Christian doctrines;
  • To give an overall perspective upon the structure and contents of Christian faith;
  • To enable candidates to begin to think theologically, integrating faith with biblical, historical and pastoral studies.

Subject Content

Students need to study each topic in the light of major contemporary theological approaches, but not in precise detail, since this is a survey unit. You will not be required to answer detailed questions on particular subsections of any topic in the written examination.

  1. Our knowledge of God: the nature and sources of theology; general and special revelation; inspiration.
  2. The doctrine of God: divine being, names and attributes; the doctrine of the Trinity, its development from the New Testament period; trinitarian religion,
  3. The doctrines of creation and fall: alternative world-views; human nature; the image of God; theories of personal and social sin; providence; evil and suffering.
  4. The person of Christ: major titles; Christ’s deity and true humanity; major developments to Chalcedon and beyond.
  5. The work of Christ: New Testament metaphors; the three-fold office; theories of atonement; resurrection and ascension.

Time Commitment

The Doctrine of God and the Work of Christ will require a time commitment on behalf of the student.

If you are studying online you will need to commit to approximately 10 hours per week.

If you are studying on campus you will need to commit to 3 hours of lecture time and approximately 7 hours private study per week.

eCampus

Whatever method of study you choose, you will require Internet access to access the resources on our eCampus.