DescriptionThis unit examines the contemporary resurgence of interest in the doctrine of the Trinity through exposure to representative theologians in the field of Trinitarian theology, both classical and contemporary.
Note: This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.
AssessmentsEssay 3,500 words - 50%
Sermon manuscript or learning resource (group study guide) 3,500 words - 50%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate advanced understanding of the key biblical passages that give rise to Trinitarian reflection.
2. Exhibit critical awareness of the place of the Christological debates of the fourth and fifth centuries in establishing Trinitarian orthodoxy.
3. Demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of the critical issues in contemporary and classical discourse on the Trinity.
4. Articulate practical implications of the doctrine of the Trinity for the church?s life and witness, including communicating the Trinity for faith in proclamation.
5. Demonstrate the value of the place and priority of the doctrine of the Trinity as constitutive of Christian identity and action in the world and in personal spirituality.
6. Demonstrate a capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.
Text BooksKarkkainen, Veli-Matti. Christian Understanding of the Trinity: The Historical Trajectory, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017. Ebook available via Eva Burrows Library.
O'Collins, Gerald. The Tripersonal God: Understanding and Interpreting the Trinity. Second Ed. New York: Paulist Press, 2014. Ebook available via University of Divinity library Hub.