Elective unit (Min. No. 8)
1st semester: Monday morning
This unit aims to explore the meaning and centrality of the doctrine of the Trinity in Christian faith and doctrine. From its biblical sources through its development in East and West and its later decline, it is examined in its contemporary exposition in theologians of different traditions. Further study will include the trinitarian shaping of other major doctrines and the bearing of the Trinity on some important questions in contemporary discussion.
PREREQUISITES: CT8000Y and CT9011Y
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- describe the scriptural origins of Christian faith in God as the Holy Trinity
- identify the main developments that have occurred in the Church’s trinitarian doctrine
- critically evaluate the resurgence of trinitarian theology in the twentieth century, including social and feminist theologies
- articulate some practical ramifications of trinitarian faith for spirituality and Christian praxis
- analyse and evaluate a variety of approaches to trinitarian theology, both historical and contemporary
- demonstrate development of research and argumentation skills appropriate to study at postgraduate level
6000 word essay (100%)
Grenz, Stanley J. Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2004.
Hunt, Anne. Trinity. Collegeville, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2005.
Johnson, Elizabeth A. She Who Is. New York: Crossroad, 1994.
Kasper, Walter. The God of Jesus Christ. New York: Crossroad, 1988.
Kelly, Anthony. The Trinity of Love: A Theology of the Christian God. New Theology Series. No. 4. Wilmington, DE: Michael Glazier, 1989.
LaCugna, Catherine M. God For Us. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1991.
Lash, Nicholas. Believing Three Ways in One God. London: SCM, 1992.
Moltmann, Jűrgen. The Trinity and the Kingdom of God. London: SCM, 1981.
O’Collins, Gerald. The Tripersonal God: Understanding and Interpreting the Trinity. New York: Paulist Press, 1999.
Lecturer: CHRISTIAAN MOSTERT