Elective unit, Intensive                                                                               (Min. No. 8)

2nd semester: eight weeks commencing 9:30am Tuesday morning 31 July; and two Saturdays, 9:00am-4:00pm: 11 August and 8 September



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.

PREREQUISITES: 15 points of foundational Systematic Theology CT


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 culture and the world on understanding Christian teaching about the human person
  3. identify and assess theological understandings about humanity’s and God’s relationship
  4. identify and describe the theological understandings 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
  6. assess and articulate a theological understanding of the dynamic tension revealed in nature/grace; body/soul; person/community
  7. demonstrate advanced research skills appropriate to study at graduate level


Research essay 3000 words (50%); short 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, 2013.

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

Edwards, Denis. Human Experience of God. New York, NY: Paulist Press, 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. Translated by 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, M. The Depth of the Human Person: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.

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