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WCF.M2.L68 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain the historical factors that influenced the creation and continuance of a unified China.
  • Analyze the integration of Chinese family and religious systems.
  • Relate some of the major technological accomplishments of ancient China.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 269-271Lesson 68 Introduction

  • General
  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 46-49First Empires in India and First Empires in China

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 168-175Unification of China
  • 190-192Legalism and Confusianism

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 271-274Lesson 68 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 394-403Berthrong: Sages and Immortals: Chinese Religions

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 229-230China: Chongqing
  • 237-238Hubei, Hunan

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 68

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

Reflection Questions
  • After identifying the factors which enabled the Qin (221–207 BC) and Han (202 BC–AD 220) dynasties to establish and maintain a unified Chinese empire, despite their incorporation of many diverse peoples, answer the following question: How can the Chinese maintain personal integrity/integration while at the same time adhering to several religious/philosophical systems, such as Taoism, the ancestor cult, Confucianism, and Buddhism? Explain why you believe Christ can or cannot be added to this traditional “Chinese religion” without displacing all the others.

  • Indicate some ways in which family relationships and religion are related in traditional Chinese culture. What implications do these have for the communication of the gospel?

  • What were some of the major technological accomplishments of ancient China?