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WCF.M1.L68 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe some of the problems faced by researchers studying the lives and teachings of these men.
  • Compare the teachings of these key men. Evaluate their teachings in light of the Bible.
  • Explain factors influencing the acceptance of new religious and philosophical teachings during these centuries.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 253-255Lesson 68 Introduction

  • General
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 233-235Enlightenment of the Buddha
  • 236-237First Sermon
  • 244Dependence and the Middle Path

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 188-194Williams: Buddhism: A Historical Overview

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module One Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 255-260Lesson 68 Review

  • Research
  •  ATLA Religion Database

  • “The Seductions of Socrates”
  • 29-33First Things (Je-Ji 2001) no 114

  • Yao: “Confucius, The Founder of Confucianism”
  •  Dialogue and Alliance

  • Kalupahana: “Buddha: The Founder of a Tradition of Peace”
  •  Dialogue and Alliance

  • Dhalla: “The Message of Lord Zarathushtra”
  •  Dialogue and Alliance

  • Whitley: “The Date and Teaching of Zarathustra”
  • 215-227Numen (1957) vol 4

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 240China: Jiangxi Province
  • 244Shandong Province

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 68
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Briefly indicate some of the difficulties faced by scholars studying the information sources on the lives and teachings of these five men.

  • Compare 3 or more of these men’s lives and teachings, and their impact, looking at both similarities and differences.

  • Under what circumstances do peoples, empires, states, etc., tend to accept new religious or philosophical systems, such as those developed by these men?

  • From your studies this term, would you conclude that these men were mainly:

    a. inspired and deceived by the devil and his hosts
    b. sent by God to improve the lives of their peoples
    c. of good intent, despite their teachings having later developed     into religious or philosophical systems that oppose the gospel
    d. other:

    Explain the reasons for your choice/s.

  • How may information on the lives and teachings of these men be useful for missionaries in today’s world? Are there bridges from their examples to the gospel?