1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 1 of THEO2314, THEO2301
1a Admission into GCTHS-Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies
1b Admission into GDPTHS-Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies
1c Admission into MTHS-Master of Theological Studies
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of THEO3315, THEO8317 has been successfully completed
Topic description
In this topic students will be introduced to the contemporary retrieval of the theology of the Trinity as a practical doctrine. The topic will involve reflection on the implications of trinitarian theology in the context of the issues that confront us at the beginning of the 21st Century. The theology of the Trinity will be studied in three stages, its biblical origins, its development in the patristic and medieval eras, and its contemporary retrieval.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to:

  • introduce the contemporary retrieval of the theology of the doctrine of the Trinity as a practical doctrine
  • reflect on the contemporary implications of trinitarian theology, including such issues as inter-personal communion, ecclesiology, ecology, and a relational view of reality
Expected learning outcomes
At the conclusion of this topic students will be able to:

  • trace the history of the emergence of the doctrine of God as Trinity from its biblical foundations through to its contemporary expressions
  • illustrate and defend such practical implications of the doctrine as 'Being-in-relationship', thereby demonstrating the relevance of the doctrine as well as its practical benefits
  • compare and evaluate arguments for the various ways in which the Trinity has been interpreted by Eastern and Western churches, with a view to assessing their ecumenical consequences