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WCF.M1.L1 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • State the course expectations, purpose and philosophy.
  • Ransack an article using the principles provided.
  • Describe the “Five Mysteries” and interact with them.
  • Compare biblical teachings on creation with other religions’ teachings on this topic.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 1-3Lesson 01 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Ancient World Reader
  • 1-13 Winter & Snodderly: The Story of the Battle for Our Planet
  • 15-17 Winter: How to Ransack a Book
    Ransack one or more of the readings below using these principles.

  • Ross: The Creator and the Cosmos
  • 13-15The Awe-Inspiring Night Sky
  • 17-21My Skeptical Inquiry
  • 31-44The Discovery of the Twentieth Century

  • Ross: The Genesis Question
  • 11-16Reasons for Resistance
  • 17-26Creation of the Cosmos
  • 27-34Creation Events: Days 1, 2
  • 195-198Appendix A: Biblical Origins of the Scientific Method
  • 199-202Appendix B: Word Studies in Genesis 1

  • Christian: Maps of Time
  • 17-21Origins of the Universe, Time and Space
    (available as an e-book for sale and for free at
    Here are a few accounts from other cultures given as background for introducing the "modern creation myth" based on current scientific understanding.

  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 339b-344Creation: Pueblo, Polynesia, Zuni, Australia

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  •  Foreword and Index

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 3-4Lesson 01 Review


  • Optional
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 35-36The Old Testament Daily Readings

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 1-4The World and charts
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes


Hebrew Lessons


Hebrew Letters

Hebrew 1


Five Mysteries

In setting out in this awesome, cosmic mission, certain matters may never be completely clear in this life. As we look into these mysteries there are implications for our present role in the overall story.

It is our task to take the book of God’s words without ignoring or despising the book of His works. This is very much a part of the missionary task. Wherever you go in the world, you will find the people are much more alive to the realities of science than of the Bible, through sheer exposure. Those who would declare His glory must be prepared fully and worshipfully to recognize God in His handiwork.

Administrative Note:

All persons taking WCF as a student enrolled in an institution should make sure to follow instructions and read all forms that are given to you by your institution. These Daily Study Guide pages may not contain all the information you need in order to successfully complete your program. Contact your institution for more information. Also note that Study Guides are school-specific. If you have purchased a hard copy of the study guide then ensure that you have purchased the correct version by reading the front cover of your book.

If you are relying mostly on the hard copy of the study guide and lesson overviews, note that the lesson overviews are in the back of the book.

Plan ahead and begin working on major assignments which will be due at the end of the half-module.

Reflection Questions
  • Express in your own words the expectations and purposes of this course.

  • Summarize each of the five mysteries in five words or less. Which of these seems most mysterious to you? Why?

  • On a separate page, draw a chart comparing a number of biblical teachings on creation with parallel teachings in two or more religions.