Faith and Theology in Context

This postgraduate unit  facilitates an understanding of the manner in which social and cultural context affects faith. It challenges students to develop explicit approaches to the task of expounding major doctrines in response to contemporary issues. It introduces some contextual theologies, forms and methods of contextual theology, the relationships among faith, spirituality and culture, postmodern challenges to faith and philosophical/theological responses. It studies fundamentalism as a contemporary religious phenomenon, and examines the issue of theology and authority

Study Level




Credit Points



27 credit points in Theology in the T7300 series.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the differences between/among theological methods in different periods of history
  2. critically discern the primary social and cultural influences affecting the possibility of religious faith in the 21st century
  3. comprehensively analyse and identify the salient characteristics of a selection of contemporary theological methods
  4. accurately evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary contextual theology
  5. respond to contemporary challenges to faith from a nuanced and mature theological perspective
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