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WCF.M3.L34 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Discuss the development of arts and letters in Europe at the eve of the Reformation.
  • Dissect the European context at the end of the high Middle Ages, showing the presence of countervailing streams within it.
  • Relate the language choices faced by Europeans during this period to issues of communication in some mission contexts today.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 130-131Lesson 34 Introduction

  • General
  • Thomas, ed: Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity
  • 24-25aThomas Aquinas: Compulsion or Persuasion of Nonbelievers
  • 25b-26Raymond Lull: Interfaith Dialogue

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 127-132de Lange: Jews in Christendom and Islam
  • 133-138Steffen: Storytelling; How User-Friendly Is Your Teaching?

  • Choose from the following to bring the total lesson reading to 3 or 3 1/2 hours:
  • Alphabet Makers
  •  Gutenberg

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 106-107Europe 1350- 1500
  • 146-147European States 1500- 1600

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 268-269Italian Renaissance
  • 307-308European Knowledge and Interventions
  • 317-319The Renaissance
  • 323-326Growth of Science through Emergence of Cultural Pluralism

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 131-133Lesson 34 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 692-694Portugal
  • 198Cape Verde Islands

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 34
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • The central period of this epoch (AD 1300-1500) stands at the apex—and the demise—of the great medieval European synthesis of Christianity and culture and of church and state. In what ways is this dual assertion accurate? In what ways not?

  • How might the concept of popular culture versus elite culture illuminate discussion of developments during this period?

  • What parallels might you draw between literary developments in Europe during this period and modes of communication in mission contexts today?