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WCF.M3.L19 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Trace the career of the Vikings and their impact on European civilization.
  • Describe the progress of the Christian movement along the European periphery c. AD 1000.
  • Describe the lines of comparative advance of Eastern and Western Christendom in the 10th century.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 71-72Lesson 19 Introduction

  • General

  • Vikings and Christianity in Northern Europe
  • Pierson: The Dynamics of Christian Mission
  • 4-7ch. 9b Major Defeats: The Viking Invasions

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 78-79The Vikings 800- 1100

  • Excellent maps and discussions of movements of peoples.

  • Good short account of the effects of Vikings and of Christianization of Scandinavia.

  • See how the conquered people of England were used by God to convert their Scandinavian conquerors, where missionaries from rival Germanic peoples did not succeed.
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 385-395Renewed and Continued Progress in the Expansion of Christianity

  • See the role of political alignments and of kings and missionaries in the choice of religion.

  • Christianity: Eastern Europe to China
  • Thomas, ed: Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity
  • 12-14Cyril and Methodius: Mission to the Slavs

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 70-71The First Slavic States 400- 1000
  • 91The Holy Roman Empire
  • 92-93France, Spain and England 900- 1300

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 235Review Map of European Counter- Offensive 1000-1100

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 653-655Norway
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

General (cont.)

See the expansion of Christianity in Eastern Europe and to China:

Neill: A History of Christian Missions

70-84 The Dark Age 500–1000: Eastern Churches

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

72-74 Lesson 19 Review


Greek Lessons

Greek 19


Neill: A History of Christian Missions

85-96b Early European Expansion 1000-1500

Cahill: How the Irish Saved Civilization

210-218 Is There Any Hope?

Tucker: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya

53-56 Cyril and Methodius

Moreau, ed.: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions

441-442 History of Missions “The Dark Ages, 500-1000”

Reflection Questions
  • Compare the impact of the Viking shockwaves on Europe to that of the earlier Germanic tribal movements.

  • What are some of the reasons why the Magyars became Roman Catholic in AD 1000, while around the same time the Kievian state adopted Eastern Orthodoxy?

  • Create a geographic timeline that shows the comparative advance of Eastern and Western Christendom in the 10th century.

  • What good did it do for the Scandinavians to become Christians?