Details for Understanding the Faith: A Survey of Christian Doctrine

This paper looks at how our theology is formed and applies a formative understanding of Christian thoughts on the doctrines of God, creation and redemption.



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  • Course code: THEM01
  • Credit points: 15

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper looks at how our theology is formed and applies a formative understanding of Christian thoughts on the doctrines of God, creation and redemption.




Students should be able to:

  1. Identify the sources used to inform theological thinking and apply consistent method in analysing and evaluating information
  2. Describe and examine alternate perspectives, and identify complementary and contradictory conclusions and arguments
  3. Summarise and apply a formative understanding of traditional Christian thought on doctrines of God, creation and redemption
  4. Show Christian doctrine and theological tradition is important for individual spirituality and to church life and mission 

Subject Content

  • Theological method and sources
  • God and Creation
  • Humanity and Sin
  • Christ and Redemption
  • Holy Spirit, Church and Mission
  • Eschatology
  • Worldview
  • Engagement with New Zealand context, including Māori spirituality and worldview 



Prescribed Text

Grenz, Stanley. Created for Community. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998.



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