T7337
Christian Anthropology and Grace

This unit seeks to provide a theological understanding of the human person and the ability to relate Christian anthropology to the theology of grace. It begins to integrate prior theological learning into a coherent framework based on a Christian vision of human persons and their orientation to the divine life. It examines the Scriptural foundations of Christian anthropology and the theology of grace, Augustine’s theology of grace and the Pelagian controversy and the Eastern tradition on grace and the notion of deification. It follows Medieval developments in the theology of grace through developments in the theology of grace in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation period to contemporary debates on grace, and their connection with ecumenism. Personal, social, and cultural implications of the life of grace are also investigated.

Study Level

Undergraduate

Discipline

Theology

Credit Points

9

Prerequisites

9 credit points from 7200 series units in Theology.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the key features of the debates on grace that have occurred in Christian history;
  2. Comprehend the interdependency of Christian anthropology and the theology of divine grace particularly as it is manifest in attempts to reconcile understandings of grace and human free will;
  3. Relate the theology and life of grace to the Holy Trinity;
  4. Analyse and critique recent ecumenical dialogue on Christian anthropology and grace; and,
  5. Apply the theology of the human person and grace to the dynamics of personal, cultural and social transformation.
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