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WCF.M3.L20 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Interpret White's periodization in light of the 400-year epoch pattern.
  • State the similarities and differences between the 2nd Epoch and the 3rd Epoch.
  • Apply organizational principles of today's parachurch organizations to monastic orders.
  • Defend a position on how the West was able to become the dominant force in the world.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 75-76Lesson 20 Introduction

  • General
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 181-186Winter: The Unfolding Drama of the Christian Movement: #7 The Third 400 Years: AD 800–1200

  • Pierson: The Dynamics of Christian Mission
  • 1-6ch. 10a Monastic Renewal

  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 416-427Revival Through Monasticism

  • Pearse: “Why the Rest Hates the West: Understanding the Roots of Global Rage”
  • 18-20Mission Frontiers (March-April 2007), 29:2 Find online in the back issues at

  • White: “The Significance of Medieval Christianity”
  •   This article is provided in the form of an online article separate from the textbooks and the reader. Contact with questions.

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 261-263Political Consolidation
  • 130-131Review Chronological Chart

  • Ethnographic Interview:
  • Spradley: The Ethnographic Interview
  • 120-131Asking Structural Questions

  • Hamilton: “Spreading the Gospel in the Middle Ages”
  • 38-45History Today (January 2003) 53, 1 Wilson Select Plus Database

  • Kreider: “Beyond Bosch: The Early Church and the Christendom Shift”
  • 59-68International Bulletin of Missionary Research (April 2005) 29 Wilson Select Plus Database

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 225#33 Winter: Pulses in Western Civilization

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 76-77Lesson 20 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 298-300Czech Republic
  • 747-749Slovakia
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

McEvedy: The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History

54-63 Maps for Western and Central Europe 1000-1092

Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500

381-384 Main Features and World Setting of Christianity

395-401 Renewed and Continued Progress in the Expansion of Christianity

Dawson: Religion and the Rise of Western Culture

161-169 The Medieval City: Commune and Guild

Boorstin: The Creators

246-254 An Architecture of Light

Moreau, ed.: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions

654 Monastic Movement

722-724 Parachurch Agencies and Mission

Reflection Questions
  • How does White’s treatment of medieval history compare to or contrast with the 400-year epoch pattern we have employed?

  • In what ways is our Third Epoch (800-1200) a case of “Second verse, same as the first”? In what ways does it contrast?

  • Many Protestants today may have received their knowledge of the monastic orders from a somewhat popularized version of Luther's experience. Create a chart that identifies the foundational principles of Campus Crusade for Christ and those of the Cistercian movement. What relationships do you see between the two organizational structures?

  • Samuel Huntington asserts, “The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion ... but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence.” Citing your readings, either support or refute Huntington’s assertion.