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WCF.M3.L16 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Discuss the social, political, and personal factors that influenced political rulers’ positions toward various religions in Tang China.
  • Evaluate approaches taken by foreign minority religions in the Chinese world.
  • Explore the insights into Chinese thought gained through Chinese poetry.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 61-62Lesson 16 Introduction

  • General
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 178-179China
  • 591-592Mahayana Buddhism

  • Compare the relationship between this Chinese ruler and religious leaders with that between European rulers, local clergy, and the Vatican throughout history.
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 29-31Wu-chi: Great T’ang Poets
  • 33-39Liu & Lo: Introduction to Chinese Poetry

  • Skilton: “Buddhism in China”

  • Ku: “Chinese Buddhism -- Past and Present”
  • 31-41Dialogue & Alliance (Summer 1990) 4, 2 ATLA Religion Database

  • Moskowitz: “Magic Tricks, Midnight Grave Outings, and Transforming Trees: Performance and Agency in Taiwanese Religion”
  • 19-28Journal of Ritual Studies (2005) 19, 1 ATLA Religion Database

  • Boretz: “Martial Gods and Magic Swords: Identity, Myth, and Violence in Chinese Popular Religion”
  • 93-109Journal of Popular Culture (Summer 1995) 29 Wilson Select Plus Database

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 72-73East Asia in the Tang Period 618- 907
  • 86-87East Asia 907-1600 AD

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 190-192Buddhist Missions to Far East
  • 200-202Reactions to the Barbarians in China and Iran
  • 224-227China

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 188-193Williams: A Historical Overview

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 243China: Shaanxi
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

General (cont.)

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

62-65 Lesson 16 Review


Greek Lessons

Greek 16

Inductive Bible Study

Wald: The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study

66-68 Chapter 10


Moffett: A History of Christianity in Asia

293-314 The First Christian Mission to China

Reflection Questions
  • Considering the competing and complementary roles of Taoism and Buddhism in China during the post-Han through the Tang era, how would you explain the Chinese rulers’ approaches to these two religions?

  • Assess the factors influencing the demise of Nestorian Christianity in China, as discussed in Moffett and in light of the interests of and pressures on the rulers of the Tang Empire. What implications do you see for Christians in China today?

  • If poetry helps reveal the soul of a people, what can we learn about Chinese thought by looking at the poetry of their “golden age” (during the Tang Dynasty)?