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5AAT2006 An Introduction to the Doctrine of the Person of Christ


The modules run in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand so there is no guarantee this module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary depending between years.

Credit value: 15
Module tutors: Dr Ioannis Papadogiannakis
Assessment: One 2,000-word essay (40%) and one 2,500-word essay (60%)

Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt.

Teaching pattern: two-hour weekly classes over ten weeks
Pre-requisites: none. However, students will be helped by having taken 4AAT1014, Systematic Theology: Nature and Method. Students who have not taken this module are advised to do some preparatory reading. Recommended introductory texts are: * Mike Higton, Christian Doctrine (London: SCM Press, 2008) * Daniel Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology (2nd edn; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004) * Kathryn Tanner, Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2001) See also the preliminary reading list below.

The course will involve a detailed engagement with the theological and philosophical issues surrounding claims made about Jesus Christ. It will do so through an engagement with the portrayal of Jesus Christ in Scripture, with the development of doctrines concerning Christ in the early church, and with the ways Jesus has been understood by some significant figures and movements from the past and in the present. It will explore the implications of Christ for our understanding of humanity and divinity.

The course will proceed by way of close engagement with a selection of set texts.

Sample topics

  • The Arian Controversy
  • The Christological Controversy
  • New Testament Christology
  • The Logic of the Incarnation
  • Salvation: Aulén, Anselm and Abelard
  • The christologies of Karl Barth and Rowan Williams
  • Feminist christologies
Preliminary reading
  • Alan Spence, Christology: A Guide for the Perplexed (London, New York: T&T Clark, 2008)
  • Frances Young, The Making of the Creeds (London: SCM, 1991).
  • Frances Young, From Nicaea to Chalcedon: A Guide to the Literature and its Background (London: SCM, 1983).
  • Richard A. Norris (ed.), The Christological Controversy (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1980).

Further information 

Module aims
  • To gain an awareness of the breadth of ways in which the significance of Jesus Christ has been understood both in the past and up to the present
  • To understand the challenges raised for Christian theology by the task of thinking through theological themes in relation to a historically particular human being
Learning outcomes

Generic skills

  • Ability to engage with primary sources imaginatively and analytically
  • Ability to articulate one’s own arguments in oral and written form
  • Ability to research, plan and present essays to specified deadlines

Module specific skills

  • Understanding of the different ways in which Jesus Christ has been understood by some central figures and movements from the past and in the present
  • Knowledge of the historical development of Christian doctrines concerning Christ
  • Understanding of the ways in which these later developments relate to the Scriptural portrayal of Jesus Christ
  • Understanding of the theological and philosophical challenges raised for Christian theology by the claim that the particular human being Jesus of Nazareth has universal significance
Past syllabi
Previous syllabus document available here for academic year 2014-15.

Please note that module syllabus and topics covered may vary from year to year.



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