1 x 3-hour lecture weekly
Assignment; Tutorial presentation; Tutorial participation; Take home exam.
Topic description
This topic aims to introduce students to contemporary theological thinking about the human person. It will include discussion of the human person as created in the imago Dei; understandings of original sin and original righteousness; and the role of the incarnation in the Christian understanding of humanity.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to:

  • introduce students to contemporary thinking on theological anthropology, creation and the doctrines of sin and incarnation.
  • explore a theological approach to human potential, growth, and development.
  • provide an anthropological understanding of the incarnation and the work of Christ.
  • explore theological anthropology as the basis for Christian ethics and human rights.
Expected learning outcomes
On completing this topic students will be able to:

  • outline and describe ways in which theologies of original sin and original righteousness influence understandings of Christology and ethics
  • compare and contrast differing contemporary and classical interpretations of theological anthropology, assessing their relevance for a contemporary understanding of what it is to be human
  • analyse the way in which theological anthropology contributes to contemporary conversations of human rights and ethics.