THCT100 - What Christians Believe

10 cp
Prerequisites Nil
Teaching Organisation The unit involves 150 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. The total includes formally structured learning activities such as lectures, tutorials and online learning. The remaining hours typically involve reading, research, and the preparation of tasks for assessment.

Each human person must grapple with the meaning of their lives and the nature of their existence. For Christianity, the God who creates and redeems is the central point of reference. Christianity accounts for the belief system and practice of more people than any other religion or movement, with the largest number of Christians identifying with the Catholic Church. Christianity, particularly through the 2000 year tradition of Catholicism, has deeply influenced the structures, systems, laws, values and behavioural norms of numerous societies, including Australia. It is imperative that Christians, those involved in Christian organisations, and those seeking to understand Christianity and its influence, are able to explain the key beliefs and practices of the Christian faith.

THCT100 explores the nature and meaning of Christian faith in Jesus Christ as articulated in the Christian creeds and celebrated through the centuries, with a particular emphasis on the Catholic tradition. It introduces students to the contextual and critical examination of beliefs central to the Catholic tradition. The aim of this unit is for students to acquire broad and coherent knowledge of the Christian faith and explain historic and contemporary theological perspectives to key beliefs, especially Catholic approaches.