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WCF.M2.L72 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Discuss contextualization from an ethical perspective.
  • Analyze the approach to new religions taken by various states and cultures.
  • Explain readily observed causes of religious persecution.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 294-295Lesson 72 Introduction

  • General
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 81-89Opposition, Persecution, Rapid Growth, Storms under Decius and Valerian (through AD 260)

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Classical World Reader
  • 411-416 Lam: Attitudes Toward Traditional Culture in the May Fourth Era

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 746-747Persecution

  • Evans: Dictionary of New Testament Background
  • 111-114Arenas
  • 209-212Circuses and Games
  • 775-778Persecution
  • 976-978Roman Empire
  • 984-991Roman Law and Legal System

  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
    Please use this link to find this assigned reading from "Foxe's Book of Martyrs". Scroll down the page to find the section entitled "The Fourth Persecution, Under Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, AD 162". Under this section you will find an account of the martyrdom of the early Christian Apologist, Justin Martyr.

  • Snodderly: The Goal of International Development
  • 41-48Snodderly & Winter: The Purposes of the Roberta Winter Institute

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 295-297Lesson 72 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 233China: Guangxi Zhuang

  • Language
  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 72

  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 72
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Based on the reading by Wing-hung Lam, how would you explain how contextualization can provide a firm social foundation, thereby avoiding religious discrimination?

  • What similarities do the Romans and the Chinese display in their attitudes toward other religions?

  • According to the readings, what were some of the readily observed causes of persecution?

  • James 2:1-7 forbids showing favoritism. What cultural practice of the Roman Empire is parallel to the one James is describing? Why does James avoid any contextualization here?