Doing Theology: Engaging with the Catholic Tradition


Not offered in 2020

This unit will engage with the meaning and significance of central theological themes within the context of a secularising and pluralistic culture. Themes will include: the nature and task of theology; the mystery of God as Trinity; the ministry and mission of Jesus of Nazareth; Revelation, Faith, Tradition and Reason; the Christian understanding of the human person and our destiny; historical and theological understanding of the Church, with particular emphasis on developments in the Church’s self-understanding during the Second Vatican Council through to today. These topics will be explored within the comprehensive worldview of creation and salvation upheld by the Catholic tradition.


St Francis Xavier College, 4 Beaconsfield Avenue, Beaconsfield 




  • mixed mode: four days face-to-face (9.00am – 4.00pm), plus
  • online learning: 12 hours equivalent


  • one 1,500-word annotated bibliography 20%
  • one 2,500-word portfolio 30%
  • one 3,300-word essay 50%


  • Bevans, Stephen. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. Theology in Global Perspectives. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009. 
  • Francis. A Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church. Chicago: Loyola Press, 2014.
  • Hession, Anne, and Patricia Kieran. Exploring Theology: Making Sense of the Catholic Tradition. Dublin: Veritas, 2007.
  • International Theological Commission. Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2012.
  • Johnson, Elizabeth A. Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018.Lane, Dermot A. The Experience of God: An Invitation to do Theology. Mahwah: Paulist, 2003.
  • Lennan, Richard, ed. An Introduction to Catholic Theology. New York: Paulist, 1998.
  • O'Collins, Gerald. Jesus our Redeemer: A Christian Approach to Salvation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2007.
  • Rausch, Thomas. Systematic Theology: A Roman Catholic Approach. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016. 
  • Ross, Susan A. Anthropology: Seeking Light and Beauty. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.