Modern Theology: Confession and Controversy


Understanding any attempt to speak of 'God' is crucial in a world where religion continues to play an important part in Western societies. As Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor observes, in the contemporary West it is no longer the case that belief in 'God' is the default setting, and no longer do the majority opt to embrace one of the more 'traditional' religious forms of life. In fact, the present climate is characterised by the availability of a variety of religious options, movements, or ways of life. In this context, what does it mean to speak of 'God' when 'god' is a word that is used to describe all manner of things? This course will examine the development of the understandings of 'God' in the modern period. Students will gain a clear understanding of the key writers on the subject, and will be expected to identify the evolution of theological thinking and factors which have contributed to major changes in theology today.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the main developments that have occurred in the modern understanding of 'God';

2. Critically analyse key movements in modern theology today;

3. Reflect upon and synthesise the practical meaning of modern theological claims;

4. Demonstrate advanced writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.


This course will examine the development of the understandings of 'God' in theology today.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO3002. Students who have successfully completed THEO3002 are not eligible to enrol in RELT3010.

Assumed Knowledge

RELT1010 Introducing Theology OR HUMA1010 The World's Great Thinkers OR RELT2010 The Many Faces of Jesus

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: A1 - Blog

Written Assignment: A2 - Short Paper

Essay: A3 Major Essay

Contact Hours

Callaghan and On-Line from Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term