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WCF.M2.L9 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Analyze the influence of the major philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, on later Greek thinking and on Christian thought.
  • Apply Plato’s concept of ideas to linguistic analysis.
  • Describe Greek concepts of mankind and their importance for cross-cultural communication today.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 38-39Lesson 09 Introduction

  • General
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 39c-42aPlotinus: Enneads
    See p. 41 middle section on soul/body/God.

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 754-756Philosophy of Religion

  • Evans: Dictionary of New Testament Background
  • 119-121Aristotle, Aristotelianism
  • 804-806Plato, Platonism

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 20-21From Hunting to Farming: Europe 8000-200 BC
  • 40-43Classical Greece 750-400 BC and The Achaemenid and Hellenistic World 600-30 BC

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 133-155The Flowering of Greek Civilization 500-336 BC and The Spread of the Hellenistic Civilization 500 BC-AD 200.

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Two Lesson Overviews
  • 39-41Lesson 09 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • The Bible
  •  Zechariah 12–13

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 73-77Europe

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 9

  • Hebrew Lessons
  •  Hebrew 9
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • In intercultural communications and linguistics the concept of a morpheme is basic. What was Plato’s concept of ideas , and how does this relate to the linguistic concept of morpheme?

  • Why were Plato’s and Aristotle’s philosophies so influential in later Christianity?

  • Briefly state the Greek concepts of mankind. What importance do these ideas have in evangelization today, especially in cross-cultural settings?