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WCF.M1.L67 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Recognize the major difference between the Semitic and Hellenic elements in the “Christian” tradition.
  • Explain the lasting influence of Greek roots in Western civilization and Western Christianity.
  • Consider the Greek civilization in the light of the theory of cultural evolution.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 250Lesson 67 Introduciton

  • General
  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 75b-80Smith: Ancient Religions of Greece and Rome

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 20-21From Hunting to Farming: Europe 8000-200 BC

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 89-101Review The Definition of Greek Civilization to 500 BC
  • 133-148The Flowering of Greek Civilization

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 250-252Lesson 67 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 289-290Croatia
  • 749-751Slovenia

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 67
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • We see how nearly impossible it is to discover with any certainty the details concerning many of the most famous people of ancient times, such as Zarathustra, Confucius, Buddha, etc. Compare the situation with regard to Homer. In what ways is it similar or different?

  • Contextualization is the word often applied to the best cultural configuration resulting from the impact of the Christian message in a new or different culture. This has already happened right within the Bible. For example, the Hebrew concept of the soul does not try to separate out, as does Greek culture, the flesh and the spirit. Yet Paul takes over those categories and tries to make sense out of them. Where in these readings do you find references to Greek attitudes toward homosexuality, and how would that be looked upon in the Semitic culture? How would Semitic allowance for plural marriage go over in Greek society? What does the Bible say in each case?

  • To what extent is the story of the Greeks one of gradual, steady, cultural evolution? What does or does not fit that kind of pattern?

  • What were the lasting effects of Greek influence on Western civilization?