Spirit in Context: Australian Spirituality

Spirituality, along with the experience of faith, is shaped by the context in which it is engaged. This postgraduate unit  explores the notion of contextual spirituality and, in particular, the characteristics of spirituality within an Australian context. It covers the influence of landscape on spiritual experience, aboriginal spirituality, spiritual implications of the search for national identity, formative elements on Australian Christian spirituality from a denominational perspective, spirituality and Australian literature and arts, and multicultural considerations.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Spirituality

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

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

  1. appraise the range of methodologies appropriate to contextual spirituality
  2. determine and substantiate the sources of, and the elements which give shape to, spirituality in an Australian context
  3. evaluate the thought of major writers and contributors in the endeavour of articulating an Australian spirituality
  4. suggest with reasoned argument the characteristics of an Australian spirituality
  5. engage current social and political issues in Australian life with a hermeneutic of Christian faith
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