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WCF.M3.L12 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe how the gospel changed a pagan tribal people into a highly civilized society within a few generations.
  • Point out the particular historiography of Bede relating to his true feelings regarding Celtic Christianity.
  • Indicate how the values of even a pagan society can become a blessing in a Christian society.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  •  Lesson Previews: Lesson 12
  • 48-49Lesson 12 Introduction

  • General
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 175-180Winter: The Unfolding Drama of the Christian Movement: #6 The Second 400 Years: AD 400–800

  • Pierson: The Dynamics of Christian Mission
  • 1-9ch. 7 The Celtic Church

  • Neill: A History of Christian Missions
  • 56-62Christianity in the British Isles

  • Cahill: How the Irish Saved Civilization
  • 92-97A Shifiting World of Darkness
  • 101-119The First Missionary
  • 132Poem
  • 142-144A Solid World of Light: Holy Ireland

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 3-15James: Venerable Bede

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 170-171The Celtic Missionary Movement
  • 943Theodore of Tarsus

  • Tucker: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya
  • 37-42Patrick, Columba

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 445-450#72 Kraft: Three Encounters in Christian Witness

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 49-50Lesson 12 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Wald: The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study
  • 56-65Chapters 8, 9

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 474-477Ireland

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 12
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Name some of the cultural elements in pagan Irish society that were used by Patrick and others to reach those Celtic people with the gospel. Which of those elements still could be seen in the biographies of the Celtic saints in the years to follow?

  • What are some indications that in spite of his words regarding their so-called heretical theology, Bede had a great deal of respect for the Celtic missionaries from Lindisfarne?

  • In what ways did the decision of the Synod of Whitby affect later historians’ perspectives on pre-Whitby Christian beginnings in Ireland and England?