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WCF.M1.L5 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • As a result of your readings and reflections in this lesson you will be able to participate in a major experiment in “rapid reading” actually searching or research as a means of identifying the locations in the texts of the puzzle raised today.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 16-17Lesson 05 Introduction

  • General
  • Ross: The Genesis Question
  • 35-46Creation Events: Days 3 and 4
  • 47-58Creation Events: Days 5 and 6
  • 59-62Source Controversy
  • 63-68Rest: Day 7
  • 69-80Spiritual Perspective on Creation: Genesis 2

  • Christian: Maps of Time
  • 107-135Evolution of Life and the Biosphere

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 17-19Lesson 05 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 7Graham: The Inductive Method of Study, Inductive Bible Study Syllabus: Part I (Genesis 1-11), Assignments D & E
  • 21-22Graham: Inductive Bible Study Explained: Subject Matter, Form and Meaning

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 10-18The World

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 5
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes


Today we conclude our exploration of the Second Mystery. The First Mystery was the appearance (or creation) of matter itself, the inorganic universe. Yesterday and today we are talking about the mystery inherent in the appearance of life forms. Yesterday the simpler forms, the DNA molecule, the amino acids. Today the “evolution” of the chain of life forms to the threshold of man.

Today we also wish to shift gears in the method of study, this time putting the burden of finding the location of the subject for the day in the various texts, doing this as a valuable exercise in “search-reading.”

Reflection Questions
  • Where in each of our current texts that deal with the origin and development of life do you find references to the inherent puzzle arising from the suddenness of change at every new level in the development of life forms? Some of the give-away phrases are as follows:
    gaps, bursts of speciation, explosion of speciation, Cambrian explosion, transitional forms, mysterious leaps, missing links, rapid branching, emergences, punctuated equilibrium, quantum jumping, jumps, discontinuities, macro mutations, directed panspermia, extinction events, etc.

  • Explain the relationship between a book’s form and the author’s purpose.