Details for Christ and Salvation

Is it an oxymoron (contradiction) to claim that Jesus is both human and divine?  How do we make sense of Jesus’ death on the cross?  Is the resurrection something that can be believed in this modern scientific era?  These are the sort of questions addressed in this unit, which intends to provide students with the opportunity to explore central elements of Christian faith.  It explores what has traditionally been labelled the “person” and “work” of Jesus, i.e. who is he and what did he do for us?  In answering these questions, students are encouraged to reflect on both the ancient traditions of the bible and early church and, further, to discuss the significance of Jesus Christ for contemporary Christian life and thought.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE202
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Adam Dodds


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Christ and Salvation

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

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This subject is designed to provide students with an understanding of the biblical basis and the historical and modern formulations of the person and work of Jesus Christ, and to explore these in the light of contemporary Christian life and thought.


  1. Examine the development of early Christology through to the Chalcedonian definition;
  2. Assess the meaning of personal participation in Christ’s atonement;
  3. Critically analyse the primary theories and metaphors of atonement;
  4. Interpret the contributions to Christology of key theologians.

Subject Content

  • Biblical Foundations for Christology
  • The Quests for the Historical Christ
  • Christologies from above and below
  • Christology and the Early Period
  • From Nicea to Chalcedon
  • Atonement Metaphors
  • Justification: Luther, Calvin and Other Perspectives
  • The Final Destiny of the Unevangelised
  • Barth & Bonhoeffer
  • Kenotic Christology and Moltmann
  • Spirit Christology
  • Feminist and Liberation Theology Christologies
  • The Ongoing Priesthood of Christ

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

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

Assessment Methods

  • Forums (20%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Field Report (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided

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