Elective unit                                                                                                          (Min. No. 8)

1st semester: Thursday evening



“Where there is salvation, its name is Jesus; its grammar is the cross and resurrection” (Rowan Williams). This unit explores the key theological questions in the doctrine of salvation: what are we saved from? What are saved for? What is the means by which we are saved?

PREREQUISITES: CT8003Y or equivalent


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

  1. identify the biblical roots for the Christian understanding of salvation
  2. critically evaluate at least two approaches, from differing time periods, to the Christian understanding of salvation
  3. describe and evaluate the ramifications to Christian thought of these approaches to the understanding of salvation
  4. critically engage with issues of universalism and the scope of salvation
  5. appraise contemporary Christian approaches to the notion of ‘Fallen Humanity’


Essay 1500 words (25%); summative essay 1500 words (25%); long essay 3000 words (50%)



Davidson, Ivor, and Murray Rae, eds. God of Salvation. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011.

Fiddes, Paul. Past Events and Present Salvation. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1989.

Mertens, Herman-Emiel. Not the Cross but the Crucified. Louvain: Peeters, 1990.

O’Collins, Gerald. Jesus Our Redeemer. Oxford: OUP, 2007.

———. Salvation for All: God’s Other People. Oxford: OUP, 2008.

Tanner, Kathryn. Christ the Key. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1996.

Williams, Rowan. Resurrection. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2002.