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WCF.M3.L46 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe the Catholic side of the Reformation as one aspect of a larger religious movement and in fact as part of a huge social transformation of Europe.
  • Describe an overall comparison between the development of Christianity and Islam over the the previous thousand years.
  • Discuss the contribution to the concept of contextualization as it is illuminated in the work of Mateo Ricci.
  • Explain the structural factors for the 1500-1800 period in the drastic differences between Protestant and Catholic outreach to the ends of the earth.
  • Describe the staggering difference between our knowledge of China today and the European perspective in 1500.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  •  Lesson Previews: Lesson 46
  • 160-161Lesson 46 Introduction

  • General
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 197-200Winter: The Unfolding Drama of the Christian Movement: #10 The Fifth Expansion

  • Pierson: The Dynamics of Christian Mission
  • 1-16ch. 16 The Catholic Reformation and Missions (Excellent overview)

  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 2: 1500-1975
  • 841-850The Catholic Reformation (Read carefully through page 850a, skim the rest.)

  • Neill: A History of Christian Missions
  • 120-138The Age of Discovery 1500–1600 (Read to 138, then skim.)

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 174-175The Hasburg Empire: Expansion and Decline 1700- 1918

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 309-317Review: Europe’s Self Transformation 1500-1648

  • Plagues, Priests, and Demons: Sacred Narratives and the Rise of Christianity in the Old World and New
  • 122-160

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 161-163Lesson 46 Review

  • Optional
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 2: 1500-1975
  • 923-964Christianity Resumes Its Worldwide Spread
  • 995-998Retrospect and Prospect

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 245China: Shanxi
  • 256-258Macau
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

Neill: A History of Christian Missions

138-150 The Age of Discovery 1500-1600

Tucker: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya

62d-70b Francis Xavier, Matteo Ricci

Boorstin: The Discoverers

56-64 Open Sesame in China

332-336 Galileo in China


Greek Lessons

Greek 46

Reflection Questions
  • How did the fact that the founder of the Jesuits was a Basque both help and hinder the growth of this order?

  • In regard to the impressive global Roman Catholic missionary movement, what are some of the reasons Protestants were primarily spectators during their first two centuries?

  • What are predictable biases and blind spots (thinking in cultural, not theological terms) on the part of Protestants regarding Catholics, and vice versa?

  • How are European developments in science both causes and effects of religious and social ferment, and how did these developments factor into the work of Mateo Ricci?

  • How does Christianity as a movement compare with Islam in its development over the previous thousand years?