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: 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 describe and evaluate the shift in the theological tradition from an individualistic concept of person to persons-in-relationship


Two short seminar papers 1000 words each (50%); one research essay 3000 words (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: Liturgical Press, 1993.

Edwards, Denis. Human Experience of God. New York: 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: Liturgical Press, 1991.

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

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

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