Introduction to Theology

Foundational Unit

Dr Birute Arendarcikas RSM
Semester 2, 2020
Wednesday 6.00pm – 9.00pm

This unit introduces students to the study of theology in the Catholic tradition. For this purpose the unit examines the meaning, purpose, method and content of Christian theology. Within this context, the unit considers the following theological themes: God, Revelation, Theology and its sources, Jesus Christ, the reign of God and the Church. The unit offers students the opportunity to reflect theologically on Christian faith in the context of a religiously diverse world. 

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 




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


  • two 1,500-word short papers 2 x 25%
  • one 3,000-word essay 50%


  • Bevans, Stephen B. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspectives. Theology in Global Perspectives. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2009.
  • Dulles, Avery R. The Craft of Theology: From Symbol to System. New ed. New York: Crossroad, 1995.
  • Gaillardetz, Richard R. By What Authority? A Primer on Scripture, the Magisterium and the Sense of the Faithful. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003.
  • Lane, Dermot A. The Experience of God: An Invitation to do Theology. Dublin: Veritas, 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, and Mario Farrugia. Catholicism: The Story of Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Ormerod, Neil. Introducing Contemporary Theologies: The What and the Who of Theology Today. Enlarged and expanded ed. Alexandria: E. J. Dwyer, 1997.
  • Pelikan, Jaroslav J., and Valerie R. Aotchkiss. Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition. Vol. 4, Credo: Historical and Theological Guide to Creeds and Confessions of Faith in the Christian Tradition. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003.
  • Williams, Rowan. On Christian Theology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.