God, Humanity and Difference THL245

God, Humanity and Difference THL245

God, Humanity and Difference THL245 ( Bachelor of Theology) is being taught at United Theological College Sydney in 2018 Session 2.

This subject examines the role, status, being and vocation of humanity through the Christian scriptures and its theological tradition. It critically engages with traditional issues within theological anthropology: the interpretation of the imago Dei, sin and evil, futility and death, grace and salvation. The relation between the doctrine of humanity and the doctrine of God is considered. The universalist claims of theological anthropology are examined in the light of particular interests. Insights from feminist, postcolonial, ecological, queer and  liberation theologies will be incorporated for their contribution to this topic.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of various approaches to theological anthropology
  • be able to discuss key biblical themes regarding humanity’s relation to God (creation, fall and redemption) and the historical development of these themes
  • be able to assess critically recent constructive theological anthropology
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided learning, including research, writing and communication skills


The subject will cover the following topics:

  • Biblical sources for theological anthropology
  • the contribution of early church theologians: imago Dei and deification, Augustine and Pelagius on original sin
  • medieval developments in theological anthropology
  • sin and grace in reformation theology
  • contemporary critiques: dualism, sexism, racism, individualism, anthropocentricism, heterosexism
  • discerning the difference that difference makes
  • 21st century perspectives on the human vocation