Unit Weighting                       

9 cps

Type of Unit                




Academic Staff            

Dr Philip Kariatlis, BTh (SCD 1995) BA (Sydney 2000) MTh (SCD 2001), ThD (SCD 2010), Senior Lecturer

Curriculum Objectives

This unit builds on the knowledge and skills learned in the introductory unit in theology. It prepares the student for more specialised study at higher levels through a study of the nature, attributes and creative work of the Triune God as this is made known to us through his self-revelation.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent understanding of the literature and the major theological doctrines (Revelation, Trinity, God the Father, Creation, Providence) relevant to this unit
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the ways that the Church has understood the interaction between the self-revealing God and creation
  3. Analyse a range of primary and secondary literature dealing with God’s self-revelation and his interaction with creation
  4. Critically evaluate key issues arising from their study of God’s self-revelation in the light of our  contemporary cultural and religious setting
  5. Transfer this knowledge to pastoral situations arising within their ministry setting


  1. Prolegomena: theological methodology
  2. The Self-Revealing God
  3. The Holy Trinity
  4. The nature and attributes of God
  5. God the Creator
  6. God the Governor: providence and the problem of evil

Assessment Profile

  1. Critically review recent writings in the areas of doctrine studied in this unit (e.g. critical review, annotated bibliography)
  2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the nature of God’s self-revelation (e.g. essay)
  3. Critically evaluate the key implications of the Church’s understanding of the way God interacts with his creation (e.g. seminar, class presentation)


3hr lecture per week on campus