Details for Christ and Salvation

This paper aims to demonstrate and formulate a thorough knowledge of doctrine concerning the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: THE202
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Units with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.↩


THE101 Understanding the Faith

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Christ and Salvation

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper aims to demonstrate and formulate a thorough knowledge of doctrine concerning the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ. 


Students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of traditional doctrine concerning the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ as described in the Chalcedonian definition
  2. Explain the biblical foundations for the traditional doctrines of the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ
  3. Analyse the recent research into the historical Jesus and contemporary Christologies
  4. Compare alternate perspectives on the doctrine of the virgin birth of Christ
  5. Analyse major theories of atonement, both ancient and modern
  6. Discuss the interconnection between Christology and other elements of Christian theology  

Subject Content

  1. The contours of biblical Christology
  2. The biblical and historical foundations for the doctrines of the person and work of Christ
  3. Orthodoxy and heresy and doctrinal development to Chalcedon
  4. The quest/s for the historical Jesus and their impact
  5. Approaches to incarnation, cross and resurrection, ascension and return
  6. Modern Christologies
  7. Issues in Christology and contemporary culture
  8. The Christological implications for pneumatology, ecclesiology and eschatology 

This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, class presentations, discussion, tutorials, web-based interaction, distance learning material,

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Worksheets x 2 (25%, 1250 words);  Major essay (50%, 2500 words)

Prescribed Text

no set text

Representative References

Baugh, L. Imaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ-Figures in Film. Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1997.

Bauckham, R.J. “Moltmann’s Messianic Christology.” Scottish Journal of Theology 44 (1991): 519-531.

Bray, G. “The Filioque Clause in History and Theology.” Tyndale Bulletin 34 (1983): 91-144.

Davidson, I. “Theologizing the Human Jesus: An Ancient (and Modern) Approach to Christology Reassessed.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 3:2 (2001).

Deacy, Christopher and Gaye Williams Ortiz.  Theology and Film:  Challenging the Sacred/Secular Divide.  Stafford:  Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.

Dunn, J. Christology in the Making, 2nd edition. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2003.

Habets, M. “Spirit Christology: Seeing in Stereo.” Journal of Pentecostal Theology 11:2 (2003): 199-234.

Kärkkäinen, V.K. Christology: A Global Introduction. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003.

Meier, J.  A Marginal Jew, Volumes 1-3. New York: Doubleday 2001.

Nestlehutt, M.S.G. “Chalcedonian Christology: Modern Criticism and Contemporary Ecumenism.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 35 (1998).

O’Collins, G. Christology: A Biblical, Historical and Systematic Study of Jesus Christ, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Park, Andrew Sung,  Triune Atonement:  Christ’s Healing for Sinners, Victims, and the Whole Creation.  London:  Westminster John Knox, 2009.

Sobrino, J. Christ the Liberator. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2001.

Witherington, B. The Jesus Quest. Minneapolis: IVP, 1997.

Wright, N. The Challenge of Jesus. London: IVP, 1999.



Greek Orthodox Theological Review

Heythrop Journal

International Journal of Systematic Theology

Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Modern Theology

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