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WCF.M3.L10 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • State potential advantages and applications in viewing Christ as the fulfiller of culture.
  • Compare reasons for adopting a non-Eurocentric perspective on world history with Dawson’s perspective on history.
  • Compare the progress of the gospel in European and non-European areas of the world during the time period AD 200–500.
  • Analyze ethnographic interviews.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 41-42Lesson 10 Introduction

  • General
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 401-402The Gospel and Culture

  • Americas

  • See how Indians interacted with one another around 1862:
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 1Maxwell: American Indians

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

  • Oceania
  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 26-27From Hunting to Farming: Australia and the Pacific 10,000 BC- 1000 AD

  • Africa
  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 22-23From Hunting to Farming: Africa 10,000 BC- 500 AD
  • 80-83States and Trade in West and East Africa 500- 1500
  • 136-137Africa 1500-1800

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 131-132Review: Chronological Chart
  • 275-278Sub Saharan Africa

  • Sanneh: Disciples of All Nations
  • 89-106Old World Precedents and New World Directions

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 120-122Newberry: Native North Americans
  • 113-114Loeliger: Melanesia
  • 108-109Rule: The Foe of Papua New Guinea
  • 110-112Hume: Australian Aboriginal Religions

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 322-331Eritrea, Ethiopita
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

General (cont.)

Ethnographic Interview:

Spradley: The Ethnographic Interview

92-106 Analyzing Ethnographic Interviews

224-225 Appendix B

Winter, ed.: WCF Module 3 Study Guide and Lesson Overviews

42-43 Lesson 10 Review


Greek Lessons

Greek 1


Oliver: The African Experience

86-101 Peoples of the Book

Bowen: “Honoring the Elders: Interviews with Two Lakota Men”

125-134 Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare (March 2005) 32,1 Wilson Select Plus Database

Reflection Questions
  • In Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture, one of his ideal types is that of Christ as the fulfiller of culture. From your readings,in what way would you see that as true or applicable to one of the peoples in today’s readings?

  • What are some issues raised by Europe’s fascination with Prester John that merit the attention of today’s cross-cultural religious worker?

  • What are some reasons for adopting a non-Eurocentric perspective on world history? How does this compare with Dawson’s ( Religion and the Rise of Western Culture ) and Winter’s perspective on history?

  • What contrasts and similarities do you see in European and non-European cultures of the early centuries after Christ? How would you account for the differences in the spread of the gospel?

  • Assemble the raw data from the two interviews you conducted for Lesson 9. Analyze the data. What patterns, categories, and common descriptive elements do you see as you consider elements such as: words, tone, context, non-verbals, and big ideas ?