Trinity and Christian Life

Ever wondered what the doctrine of Trinity is all about? Or, what it means that God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Is the doctrine of the Trinity merely some antiquated intellectual proposition, or, does this doctrine hold significant practical relevance to Christian life and the Church? This course is designed to answer these questions and to give you a depth of understanding about the nature and being of God as Triune. The course will look at how the doctrine is derived from Scripture and was developed over the first centuries of the early Church, delving into the reasons why it was so important for Christian views regarding the deity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the doctrine of Creation, the nature of Church and Worship, as well the very concept of Salvation. The course will engage with the nexus of philosophical metaphysics and theology, as well as cover the significance of the contemporary renaissance of the doctrine for modern views of human well-being, politics and society, gender and intra-religious dialogue. This course will change and deepen your views about God and the radical significance of who God is for life, ministry and the foundations of human existence. 


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE508
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: DJ Konz


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Trinity and Christian Life

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

Unit Content


  1. Develop an understanding of the Scriptural, philosophical and theological issues relevant to the development of the doctrine of the Trinity;
  2. Examine and apply the relevance of the doctrine of the Trinity for contemporary Christian life and ministry;
  3. Analyse the theological implications of the Trinity for Christian views of creation, soteriology and ecclesiology;
  4. Critically reflect on and appraise contemporary Trinitarian theology to human anthropology, including gender, well-being, politics and society, and intra-religious dialogue.

Subject Content

  • Why the Trinity Matters?
  • God’s Self-Revelation: Scripture and the Economic and Immanent Trinity
  • Developing Trinitarian Doctrine
  • Trinitarian Pneumatology
  • Trinity and Creation ex-nihilo
  • Metaphysics and The Triune God
  • Analogies and Augustine
  • A Contemporary Trinity: Social Trinitarianism
  • Applying Trinitarian Ontology: Church and Politics
  • Relations of Origin: Hierarchy & Subordination?
  • Trinity, Other Religions and Feminism
  • Trinity and Human Well-Being
  • Trinity, Spirituality and Worship

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Reading Reports (20%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided