Postgraduate Courses

Masters degrees

Master of Theological Studies

Develop your ability to engage with challenges and questions that arise for the person of Christian faith living in modern society, whether this be at home, work, or in your role as a ministry agent.

Students complete a core suite of biblical, theological, and Church history subjects before electing from a range of units that include Christian ethics, Philosophy and Christian Thought, Political Theology, Preaching.

The course can be completed as a full-time student over two years or part-time over four years. A person may also elect to complete a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma by completing 4 or 8 of the Master of Theological Studies units respectively.

The Master of Theological Studies is accredited by Flinders University in association with the Adelaide College of Divinity.

Units offered in Semester 1 2017

Interpreting the New Testament

The unit gives an introduction to contemporary interpretation of the New Testament by reading it as a collection of different kinds of literature and by exploring the historical, cultural and social backgrounds of the New Testament writings. It introduces some methods used in the exegesis of biblical texts and explores some of the issues surrounding the application of the ancient writings to contemporary contexts. A series of incremental topics will be covered during the semester, presenting both an overview of the literature and specific study of representative sections of biblical material. The modules will include the Gospels and Acts, Pauline Writings, Other Christian approaches to the Judaic heritage (Hebrews, James, and Revelation) and Issues of canon and authority.

Introduction to Christian Thought

This unit introduces students to the study of Christian faith and to key doctrines. It outlines the content and method of Christian theology and explores the roles of history and Scripture and other resources in theological discourse. It introduces and examines selected Christian understandings of Christ, God, Trinity and Revelation, with attention to both the development of Protestant Reformation theology and in light of the contemporary Australian context.

Reading Cultures

This unit will examine issues at the interface between Australian society and ministry. It will enable students to see ministry and ministers within a sociological context and to develop a stronger sociological sensitivity about the ministry process. Three major themes will be discussed: the interface between sociology and ministry; the social dynamics of church communities; and churches interacting with Australian society.

Homiletics (Ministry and Mission Studies 1)

Students will be involved in an integrated learning process reflecting on the theology of preaching, preparing and delivering sermons. As the performative aspects of preaching will feature in this unit exercises and class preaching will be used to enhance confidence and skills. The use of video will feature as a key tool for self- reflection of preaching. A combination of lecture, workshop, exercises and small group formats will be used to encourage dialogue with the lecturer, readings and experiences of others. Students will be encouraged to view lecture material critically, relate them to their own context and share their views.

John’s Gospel and the Johannine Epistles

This topic examines the Gospel of John using a range of methodologies, including narrative, historical, social scientific, liberationist and feminist criticisms. It also gives an introduction to the Johannine epistles. A detailed exegesis of particular passages will be undertaken. An optional Greek component is available.


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