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WCF.M3.L30 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Critique the value of the methods used by several religions to seek the deeper spiritual life.
  • Discuss the role of specialized religious communities within different faiths.
  • Analyze the relationship between religious guides/teachers and their followers/students in different faiths.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 115-116Lesson 30 Introduction

  • General
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 121-125St. John of the Cross: Selections from the Dark Night of the Soul

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 62-63Religions of the Medieval World 600- 1500

  • Muslim

  • Buddhist

  • Christian
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 564-592The Eastern Churches from 950–1350

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 116-118Lesson 30 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 36-37Chart: Timeline of the World’s Relgions

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 836-838Turkmenistan

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 30
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Compare the approaches taken by those seeking deeper spiritual fulfillment in the several religions read about in this lesson. Do you see them as basically the same, or as having significant differences?

  • What differences do you see between specialized religious communities (monasteries, brotherhoods, etc.) in the above faiths? Which lend themselves more readily to mission endeavors?

  • Compare the relationship between the spiritual superior/guide and learner/seeker in the religions within this lesson's reading. Based on your comparison, write two guidelines you might use in your context for a guide/teacher and follower/student relationship.