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WCF.M3.L44 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe the relationship between religion and other aspects of Asian cultures.
  • Explain the factors which influenced the spread of various Asian religions during this period.
  • Compare different expectations of religious leaders in Asian societies.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 150-151Lesson 44 Introduction

  • General
  • Stark: For the Glory of God
  • 146d-150The Christian Difference
  • 150-159Negative Cases

  • India

  • Thailand
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 149-151Na-Rangsi: Buddhism in Thai Culture

  • Vietnam
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 153-156Durand & Tran Huan: Early Vietnamese Poetry See morals even in time of war and devastation.

  • Alphabet Makers
  •  Vietnamese Alphabet

  • Japan
  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 130-131The Rise of European Commercial Empires
  • 68-69The Spread of Islam 630- 1000
  • 88-89The Muslim World 1000- 1400

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 269-272Review: Japan
  • 355-358Review: Hideyoshi
  • 403-404Social Tensions in Japan

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 151-154Lesson 44 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 216-241Shackle, Kalsi, Davies: Sikhism

  • Optional
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 329-336Sikhism: Entire Section

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 812-817Thailand

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 44
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What relationship do you find between religion and other aspects of culture in two Asian societies covered in the readings? Do you think this relationship helps or hinders the work of cross-cultural workers in such societies?

  • What factors influenced the acceptance and spread of various religions—Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, etc.—in Asian societies during this period? Are similar factors likely to be important today?

  • Why did science develop in Europe but not in other cultures? What role did religion play in this?