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WCF.M3.L14 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Assess the vitality and forms of the Christian movement on the eve of the rise of Islam.
  • Evaluate the role social tensions play in the construction of a people’s religious self-identity.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 53-54Lesson 14 Introduction

  • General
  • Pierson: The Dynamics of Christian Mission
  • 7-8ch. 8b: The Nestorian Movement

  • Thomas, ed: Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity
  • 11-12Nestorian Monument: First Mission to China

  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 318-325The Smaller Eastern Churches

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 14-21Nersoyan: The Armenian Church

  • Note the relationship between social status, economic change, and salvific religions.
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 54-56Lesson 14 Review

  • Sanneh: Disciples of All Nations
  • 36-56Whither Christianity?

  • Optional

  • See reasons for Copts not opposing Arab Muslim conquest. Also note the Monophysite position.
  • Moffett: A History of Christianity in Asia
  • 217-228Patriarch and Shah
  • 231-257Decline of the Persians
  • 288-293First Christian Mission to China

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 440-441History of Missions “The First 500 Years”
  • 441-442History of Missions ”The Dark Ages, 500–1000”
  • 675Nestorian Mission

  • Konidaris: “The Reciprocal Relation between Doctrinal and Historical Factors in the Separation of the Oriental Churches from the Ancient Catholic Churches”
  • 54-60Greek Orthodox Theological Review (1964-65) 10, 2 ATLA Religion Database

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 516-520Kyrgyzstan
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

Meinardus: “A Brief Introduction to the History and Theology of the Coptic Church”

139-155 St. Vladimir’s Seminary Quarterly (1962) 6, 3 ATLA Religion Database

Moffett: A History of Christianity in Asia

231-257 Decline of the Persians


Greek Lessons

Greek 14

Reflection Questions
  • Create a chart that presents the significant features of several Christian traditions, lying outside the orbit of the Roman See, but dating from the first half millennium of the Christian era.

  • Assess the vitality and forms of the Christian movement by stating specifically why you do or do not agree with each of these statements:
    The rapid spread of Nestorian Christianity across Central Asia and into China demonstrated the vitality of the eastern churches.
    That the eastern churches could be subjugated during the rise of Islam, existing only as enclaves within it and in other places wiped out, indicates that they were and are defective forms of Christianity.

  • Drawing on prior knowledge as well as this lesson’s readings, evaluate the strengths and drawbacks of blending ethnic identity with Christian religious identity, as found in Armenia, Northern and Southern Ireland, etc.