Advanced Sacramental Theology: A Living Tradition

10 Units

This course will offer an advanced study of Christian sacramental theology. It will enable students to draw on their skills in the discipline of theology to critically investigate the various components of sacramental theology, which include the exploration of mythology, anthropology, sociology, analogy and symbol, as well as metaphysics. Students will have the opportunity to explore the implications of sacramental theology for Christian theology at large, and especially Christian ritual practice and teaching, in the current context.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Explain the mythological origin of holiness in the pre-christian world; 2. Explore the biblical and patristic foundations of sacraments; 3. Critically examine and clarify the different approaches within Protestant and Catholic understandings of sacrament; 4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the anthropological-sociological basis of sacraments; 5. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the various meanings of sacraments; Critically analyse issues surrounding ecumenism and sacramentality. Apply the advanced skills and knowledge developed in the course to a critical exploration of the implications of sacramental theology for Christian theology, practice, and teaching.


The course will be organised around the following themes:

  1. The development of sacramentality throughout the ages.
  2. Scripture and sacrament
  3. Sacrament during the Protestant reformation
  4. Current issues and applications in sacramental theology
Replacing Course(s) THEO6014
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6014 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6014.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1 - 3000 words (50%)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 2 - 3000 words (50%)
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for RELT6014

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