God: Origin and End


Rev. Dr Paul Connell
Semester 1 , 2020
Wednesday 10.00am – 1.00pm
Thursday 6.00pm – 9.00pm
This unit will examine the problem of articulating the nature of God and of God's relationship with the world. The main foci for this will be God as sustaining source (creation) and as final goal (eschatology) of the universe, and in particular of humanity. Students will examine the implications for these discussions of the doctrines of Jesus Christ and the Trinity. 

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March 


CT1110C, CT2201C and CT2202C or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester


  • two 1,500-word essays 2 x 20%
  • one 15-minute oral examination (1,000 words) 20%
  • one 3,000-word essay 40% 


  • Carroll Denis. A Pilgrim God for a Pilgrim People. Theology and Life 24. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1988.
  • Edwards, Denis. Deep Incarnation: God's Redemptive Suffering with Creatures. Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019.
  • ———. How God Acts: Creation, Redemption and Special Divine Action. Theology and the Sciences. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2010.
  • Hayes, Zachary. The Gift of Being: A Theology of Creation. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2001.
  • Kasper, Walter. The God of Jesus Christ. Translated by Matthew J. O’Connell. New ed. London: Continuum, 2012.
  • Kelly, Anthony. Eschatology and Hope. Theology in Global Perspective. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2006.
  • Lane, Dermot. Keeping Hope Alive: Stirrings in Christian Theology. Dublin: Gill & Macmillan, 1996.
  • Lohfink Gerhard. Is This All There Is?: On Resurrection and Eternal Life. Translated by Linda M. Maloney. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018.
  • Macquarrie, John. In Search of Deity: An Essay in Dialectical Theism. London: SCM, 1984.
  • Ward, Keith. Divine Action: Examining God’s Role in an Open and Emergent Universe. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press, 2007.