Modern Theology:  Confession and Controversy

10 Units

Understanding any attempt to speak of ‘God’ is crucial in a world where religion continues to play an important part in Western societies. As Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor observes, in the contemporary West it is no longer the case that belief in ‘God’ is the default setting, and no longer do the majority opt to embrace one of the more ‘traditional’ religious forms of life. In fact, the present climate is characterised by the availability of a variety of religious options, movements, or ways of life. In this context, what does it mean to speak of ‘God’ when ‘god’ is a word that is used to describe all manner of things? This course will examine the development of the understandings of ‘God’ in the modern period. Students will gain a clear understanding of the key writers on the subject, and will be expected to identify the evolution of theological thinking and factors which have contributed to major changes in theology today.

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

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2014

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to: 1. Understand the main developments that have occurred in the modern understanding of ‘God’; 2. Critically analyse key movements in modern theology today; 3. Reflect upon and synthesise the practical meaning of modern theological claims; 4. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.


This course will examine the development of the understandings of ‘God’ in theology today.

Replacing Course(s) THEO3002
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO3002 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT3010. Other third-year options are available for these students.
Assumed Knowledge RELT1010 Introducing Theology OR HUMA1010 The World’s Great Thinkers OR RELT2010 The Many Faces of Jesus
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 1 x 1500 word essay (30%) 1 x 2500 word essay (50%)
  • Online Discussion - 1000 word online discussion board (20%)
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for RELT3010
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