Details for Triune God and Creation

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Unit code: THE301
  • 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 Triune God and Creation

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper builds on Understanding the Faith, and is designed to provide students with an understanding of the biblical basis and the historical and modern formulations of the Christian God and his creation.


Students should be able to:

  • Outline the historical development and contemporary formulations of the doctrines of God and creation. This includes consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings
  • Analyse various understandings of the being and attributes of God
  • Discuss various conceptions of the nature of humanity
  • Identify the interdependence between humanity and the whole of creation
  • Explain the connection between these doctrines and our understanding of spirituality, Church and worship, and society

Subject Content

  1. The development of the doctrine of the Trinity
  2. The mirror of the triune God in His creation: contemporary application of Trinitarian theology in the church and world
  3. The human creature: nature, vocation and destiny
  4. Trinitarian theology and Maori spirituality
  5. The creation / evolution debate
  6. Theology of creation and its ethical implications

This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, class presentations, discussion, tutorials, web-based interaction.

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

Assessment Methods

Weekly Tests (20%,); Critical Book review (30%, 1500 words); Major Essay (50%, 2500 words)

Prescribed Text

Readings Provided

Representative References

Augustine, A.  De Trinitate. trans. Stephen McKenna. Washington: Catholic University Press, 1963.

Awad, N.G. “Between Subordination and Koinonia: Toward a New reading of the Cappadocian Theology.” Modern Theology 23:;1 (2007): 181-204.

Boff, L.  Holy Trinity, Perfect Community. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2000.

Bloesch, D. God, the Almighty. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 2006.

Bowe, B. Dempsey, M. and Pazdan (eds.).  Earth, Wind, and Fire: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Creation. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 2004.

Flett, J.G. “In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: A Critical Reflection on the Trinitarian Theologies of Religion of S. Mark Heim and Gavin D’Costa.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 10:1 (2008): 73-90.

Gunton, C.E. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Essays Toward a Fully Trinitarian Theology. London: T & T Clark, 2003.

Hunt, A.  Trinity.  New York: Orbis Books, 2005.

Moltmann, J.  The Trinity and the Kingdom of God. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.

Moltmann, J.  God and Creation: An Ecological Doctrine of Creation. London: SCM 1985.

Ormerod, N.  The Trinity: Retrieving the Western Tradition.  Milwaukee:  Marquette University Press, 2005.

Ormerod, N.J. “Two Points or Four?- Rahner and Lonergan on Trinity, Incarnation, Grace and Beautific Vision.” Theological Studies 68:3 (2007): 661-673.

O’Collins, G.  The Tripersonal God. New York: Paulist Press, 1999.

Pinnock, C.  Most Moved Mover: A Theology of God's Openness. Carlisle: Paternoster, 2001.

Volf, M. After Our Likeness. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.



International Journal of Systematic Theology

Modern Theology

The Ecumenist: A Journal for Promoting Christian Unity

Theological Studies

Trinity Journal


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