Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


What is a Christian church? Why does it matter? The course explores the relationship between heresy and orthodoxy in the development and formation of the Christian churches. Over the past two millennia, diverse Christian traditions have had a tremendous impact upon western notions of the self, belief, and the State. This course will therefore help students understand the relationship between the church's intrinsic nature (its distinctive practices and beliefs) and its socio-political location within western culture. Topics may include: the rise of Christianity within the urban Roman empire; the nature of Christian worship in terms of Eastern Orthodox and Reformation iconoclasm; the impact of the Enlightenment; and, the shape of the churches in the global multicultural societies of today.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2014.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO1021. Students who have successfully completed THEO1021 are not eligible to enrol in RELT1012.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic aspects of a theology of the church;

2. Articulate the different stages of the formation of Christian identity and culture;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the plurality of Christian traditions

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


This course provides an introduction to formation of the Christian churches. There will be a focus on the historical development of diverse Christian traditions, as well as their contemporary relevance.


This course replaces THEO1021. If you have successfully completed THEO1021 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Essay: Essay

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussion

Quiz: Online Quizzes