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WCF.M3.L49 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe early stereotypes about indigenous peoples and cultures of Australia, and their impact on intercultural relations.
  • Explain the relevance of social institutions as well as cultural skills in adaptation to the hostile Australian desert environment.
  • Relate Melanesian exchange systems to their kinship, political, economic, religious, artistic, and other systems, and compare this cultural integration with that in one’s own culture.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 172-173Lesson 49 Introduction

  • General

  • Australia
  • Goosen: “Christian and Aboriginal Interface in Australia”
  • 72-94Theological Studies (March 1999) 60, 1 Wilson Select Plus

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 202-203The Development of Australia and New Zealand since 1790

  • Melanesia and New Guinea
  • Hitchen: “Relations Between Missiology and Anthropology...”
  • 455-478Missiology (2002) 30:4 ATLA Religion Database

  • Rynkiewich: “Person in Mission: Social Theory and Sociality in Melanesia”
  • 155-168Missiology (April 2003) ATLA Religion Database

  • Zimmer-Tamakoshi: “The Last Big Man: Development and Men’s Discontents in the Papua New Guinea Highlands”
  • 107-122Oceania (December 1997) Wilson Select Plus

  • Telban: “Being and ‘Non-Being’ in Ambonwari (Papua New Guinea) Ritual”
  • 308-325Oceania (June 1997) Wilson Select Plus

  • Hiebert: Cultural Anthropology
  • 297-316Economic Organization

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 173-176Lesson 49 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 751-753Soloman Islands

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 49
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • In the days of early contact, what did most Europeans think of Australian/Tasmanian Aborigines and their cultures? What implications did these concepts have for their interaction with the Aborigines?

  • What kind of social institutions and cultural skills enabled Australian Aborigines to survive in desert environments which most Europeans found uninhabitable?

  • What role does exchange play in Melanesian/New Guinean cultures? Do you see parallels in your own culture? Do you think such exchange systems are compatible with a Christian lifestyle?