Introducing Catholic Theology


Very Rev. Dr Kevin Lenehan Semester 1, 2020
Wednesday 10.00am — 1.00pm

This unit introduces learners to the context, purpose, methods, and content of theology in the Catholic tradition. It examines those elements which together constitute a balanced and comprehensive engagement in the search for a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. The Second Vatican Council’s understanding of revelation, faith, scripture, tradition, and the teaching office of the church will be examined and applied to the church’s mission in Australia’s multi-religious and non-religious context.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March




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


  • one 500-word annotated bibliography 10%
  • one 500-word document study 10%
  • one 2,000-word essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 30%


  • Bevans, Stephan B. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. Theology in Global Perspective. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009.
  • Gaillardetz, Richard A. By What Authority? A Primer on Scripture, the Magisterium, and the Sense of the Faithful. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003.
  • International Theological Commission. “Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria.” Origins 41, no 40 (15 March 2012): 641 – 61.
  • Johnson, Luke T. The Creed: What Christians Believe and Why It Matters. New York: Doubleday, 2003.
  • Lennan, Richard, ed. An Introduction to Catholic Theology. New York: Paulist, 1998.
  • Nichols, Aidan. The Shape of Catholic Theology: An Introduction to its Sources, Principles, and History. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • O’Collins, Gerald. Rethinking Fundamental Theology: Towards a New Fundamental Theology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Rausch, Thomas P. Systematic Theology: A Roman Catholic Approach. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016.
  • Schneiders, Sandra M. The Revelatory Text: Interpreting the New Testament as Sacred Scripture. 2nd ed. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1999.
  • Wicks, Jared. Doing Theology. New York: Paulist, 2009.