4 x 3-hour seminars per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of THEO2313, THEO2522 has been successfully completed
Assignment(s), Tutorial presentation, Fieldwork, Seminar, Tutorial participation
Topic description
The subject of reconciliation is key to Christian theology. This topic explores, and analyses theologies of alienation and reconciliation. The relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Australia, and how these impact on issues of reconciliation will be addressed.

In some years, a field trip may be organised to visit an Indigenous community.
Educational aims
The aims of this topic are to:

  • explore the concept of alienation as a theology of sinfulness and reconciliation as a soteriological device and outcome
  • reflect on Australia as a colonised/invaded nation, and how the history of post-colonial Australia affects the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians
  • discern how theology can inform the ongoing social and political debate about reconciliation
Expected learning outcomes
At the conclusion of this topic students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the biblical and theological basis of theologies of alienation and reconciliation
  • analyse critically the works of key theologians on the issues of alienation and reconciliation
  • apply these theological concepts to the history of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and consider practical strategies for reconciliation which can overcome alienation