2nd semester Tuesday morning                                               (Min. No. 8)



This unit is a study of Christian reflection on what it means to be human in relation to God and what makes up our humanity. It explores biblical foundations including humanity as created in the image of God, human freedom, grace, nature and grace, sin, persons and community, and how these are embodied through human arrangements such as family, race, work, and the limitations of sickness and disability, ageing and death.



CT1000Y, CT2011Y or equivalent and at least one more unit of Systematic Theology at level 2; at least one unit in Biblical Studies.



Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. describe and discuss the main features of Christian teaching on the human person
  2. analyse and evaluate the relative contributions of cultures on understanding Christian teaching about the human person
  3. identify and assess theological understanding about humanity’s and God’s relationship
  4. identify and describe the theological understanding of grace in relation to persons
  5. describe and evaluate the shift in the theological tradition from an individualistic concept of person to persons-in-relationship.



3000 word research essay (50%); Two seminar papers, 1500 words each (50%)



Brett, Gregory. The Theological Notion of the Human Person: A Conversation between the Theology of Karl Rahner and the Philosophy of John Macmurray. Bern: Peter Lang Publishers, 2013.

Duffy, Stephen. The Dynamics of Grace. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier/Liturgical Press, 1993.

Edwards, Denis. Human Experience of God. New York,NY: Paulist, 1983.

Gonzalez, M.A. Created in God’s Image. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2007.

McFarland, Ian. Difference and Identity: A Theological Anthropology. Cleveland, OH: Pilgrim, 2001.

Pannenberg, Wolfhart. Anthropology in Christian Perspective (trans. G.W. Bromiley). Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1985.

Ross, Susan. Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.

Sachs, John R. The Christian Vision of Humanity: Basic Christian Anthropology. Collegeville, MN: Michael Glazier/ Liturgical Press, 1991

Schwarz, Hans. The Human Being: Theological Anthropology. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013.

Welker, Michael. The Depth of the Human Person: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.

Young, Norman. Creator, Creation and Faith. London: Collins, 1976.


Lecturer:    JANETTE  GRAY RSM