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WCF.M1.L13 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Distinguish between a religious system and a worldview.
  • Recognize the need for a Christian to understand other religious systems.
  • Notice parallels between a polytheistic worldview and Christian beliefs about spirit beings.
  • Compare the essential components of animistic religions with specific Near Eastern myths.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 50-51Lesson 13 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Ancient World Reader
  • 61-66McAlister: Comments on World Religions
  • 67-68Osborne: Egyptian Religion and Magic

  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 6-9Marduk Creates the World
  • 22c-24Egypt: Osiris

  • Loewen: The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • 87-88God and Gods in World Cultures

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 34-35World Religions Map
  • 57-65aMillard: Cradle of Civilization:Ancient Near East
  • 65-73Ruffle: Ancient Egypt: Land of the Priest-King

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 28-30The First Civilizations: Mesopotamia and the Indus Region 4000-1800 AD

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 51-53Lesson 13 Review

  • Research
  • Read 20 pages from online or library journal articles, searching for words "monotheism" and "polytheism" to locate appropriate readings. In two or more paragraphs, reflect on how your selections helped you achieve one or more of the stated objectives for this lesson.

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 84-87Pacific

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 13
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What is the difference between a worldview and a religious system?

  • Briefly examine the Enuma elish myth, the Gilgamesh myth, and ancient Near Eastern religion, and compare them with the components of animism. What conclusion do you come to?

  • What are the parallels between polytheistic worldviews and Christian beliefs about spirit beings (God, Satan, angels, principalities/powers, saints, souls, etc.)?

  • From the missionary viewpoint, why is it important to study other religions?