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WCF.M2.L6 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Speculate about why polytheistic religions were attractive to the people of Israel.
  • Identify the boundaries between religious tolerance and syncretism.
  • Apply the moral lessons learned from Israel’s history to the missionary vitality of the church today.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 27-28Lesson 06 Introduction

  • General
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 277-290Jainism

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 705-706Old Testament Prophets
  • 819-820Religious Freedom

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 24-25From Hunting to Farming: The Americas 12,000-1,000 BC
  • 32-35Civilizations of Mesoamerica 1200 BC- 700 AD and Cultures of South America 1400 BC-1000 AD
  • 84-85Civilizations in Mesoamerica and South America 500-1500
  • 108-109Cultures in North America 500-1500

  • Hiebert: Cultural Anthropology
  • 113-138Symbolism and Communication

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 28-30Lesson 06 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 173-177Salter: Beliefs

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • The Bible
  •  Zechariah 7–8

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 579-584Mexico

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 6

  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 6
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What do you think made the polytheistic religions surrounding Israel so seductive to a people whose faith embraced a personal, miracle-working God?

  • In the world today, religious tolerance is held up as an ideal. Yet, such tolerance eventually led Israel into embracing polytheism. When does respect for another religious system lead to syncretism?

  • How does the moral fiber of the Christian church affect the missionary energy of the church?