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WCF.M2.L69 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Outline the numerous historical movements of peoples in Central and Southeast Asia
  • Explain the effect of climate and geography on the peoples’ material and religious development.
  • Discuss differences in culture and religion of various peoples of Southeast Asia.
  • Apply the knowledge of Central and SE Asian peoples and their history to missiological concerns.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 275-277Lesson 69 Introduction

  • General

  • Southeast Asia
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Classical World Reader
  • 389-391Meyers: Chronology: Southeast Asia

  • Central Asia
  • Library of Congress Country Studies
  •  Cambodia: Pre-history and Early Kingdoms
  •  Thailand: Early History
  •  Vietnam: Early History, The Chinese Millennium

  • King: “Theravada Buddhism in Burma”
  •  Buddhism Today

  • Raymond: “Regional Geographic Influence on Two Khmer Polities”
  • 135-150Journal of Third World Studies (Spring 2005) 22,1 Wilson Select Plus Database

  • Smith: “Insights for Frontier Missions to Theravada Buddhists”
  • 125-128IJFM (July 1993) 10,3 See IJFM Archives at, or the hard copy.

  • Yamauchi: “The Scythians: Invading Hordes from the Russian Steppes”
  • 90-99Biblical Archeologist (Spring 1983) 46,2 ATLA Religion Database

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 30-31The First Civilizations: China 1700- 1050 BC
  • 50-51Peoples of Central Asia 6000-500 AD
  • 40-43Classical Greece 750- 400 BC and The Achaemenid and Hellenistic World 600-30 BC
  • 52-53Eurasian Trade 150- 500 BC

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 693-696#116 Gustafson: Pigs, Ponds and the Gospel

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 609-614Myanmar
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Central Asia (cont.)

Nimmanhaeminda: “Buddhism and Spirit Worship in Burma and Thailand”

The Irrawaddy (August 11, 2004)

Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews

277-278 Lesson 69 Review


Moore and Pauk: “Nyaung-gan: A Preliminary Note on a Bronze Age Cemetery Near Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)”

35-47 Asian Perspectives (Spring 2001) 40,1

Wilson Select Plus Database

Thomas: “Bronze Age Myanmar (Burma): A Report on the People from the Cemetery of Nyaunggan, Upper Myanmar”

273-278 Antiquity (June 2001) 75,288

Stark: “Results of the 1995-1996 Archaeological Field Investigations at Angkor Borei, Cambodia”

7-36 Asian Perspectives (Spring 1999) 38,1

Reflection Questions
  • Create a graph that shows the essential relationships that existed between Funan and the Indian and Chinese empires.

  • How would you explain the frequent change of religion in certain parts of Southeast Asia? In your opinion, would this make the people of the area more, or less responsive to Christianity?

  • How conscious does one involved in international development need to be of the ethnic, cultural, historical, and religious background of particular peoples in Central and Southeast Asia? What difference will this awareness make in addressing missiological concerns?