Units (Subjects)

Identity and Idolatry

AQF: 8/9 Prerequisites: not less than 2 x biblical foundational units


What does it mean to be created in God’s image, and the effect of that on our distinctive human identity and vocation? Do the constructs of human identity and human nature differ, and how do they inform a biblical anthropology? This unit explores human identity from the perspective of Genesis 1-3, and the unfolding biblical narrative. But alongside the unfolding of our identity lurks the inverted narrative of human idolatry: the disruption of the image of God – from creation to the golden calf idolatry of Exodus, through to redemption in Christ as perfect image.

The Bible’s ‘idolatry’ language is a conceptual inversion of its ‘imagery’ language, woven through the canon to highlight the progress of redemptive history. The outworking of idolatry will be seen to shape our contemporary ‘culture of desire’ and modern attitudes to self. But beyond this is the promise of image renewal, the goal of Christ’s work in believers. This unit will focus on applying theological concepts to the human condition and human heart, and equipping us to preach and teach Genesis to a contemporary audience.

AQF level: 8/9
Corequisites: not less than 2 x biblical foundational units + 1 x TH unit
Apply by: Monday 9 December 2019
Start Date: Monday 16 December 2019
Lecture Week: Monday 20 - Friday 24 January 2020, 8.30am–4.30pm
Location: Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132
End Date: Saturday 25 April 2020
Lecturer: Dr Richard Lints (Senior Distinguished Professor of Theology at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary)
Credit Points and Costs:
ATH204 = 36hrs - Audit (no assessments) - $792
TH204-812i = 12cp (1 unit) - GDDiv, MACS, MDiv, MTS - $2400
TH204-912i = 12cp (1 unit) - MACS, MDiv, MTS - $2400
More info:

  • Required readings will be advised on enrolment. You should begin these by the start date and have them completed before lecture week.
  • Initial assignment is due on the first day of lecture week.
  • Lecture week at SMBC includes face-to-face lectures and discussions. Morning tea and lunch are provided each day.
  • Essay/assignments are completed at home after the lecture week (delivered via online).
  • Online access to lecturers available from start date until end date.
  • E-library/library resources available from start date until end date.
  • Limited onsite accommodation at SMBC may be available during the lecture week, with preference given to those travelling from regional locations.

If you are interested in this unit, please feel free to contact our registrars for more information here. We also encourage you to contact us to ensure your choice of unit is suitable for your level of study or course that you might be working towards.



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