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WCF.M3.L51 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Relate the course of economic, political, and technological developments in Russia at the opening of the 18th century to those in Western Europe and the Americas.
  • Give an account of the intertwined character of Russian missionary outreach and expansion of the Russian state in this period.
  • Discuss changes in family and social organization, land tenure and usage, technology and production, and learning and education, characteristic of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 181-182Lesson 51 Introduction

  • General
  • Stark: For the Glory of God
  • 201-205aExplaining the European Witch-Hunts
  • 276-288Explaining the European Witch-Hunts

  • See controversies between Russian Orthodox & Roman Catholics; even today some Orthodox reject a Pope’s visit. Note forcible conversion to Islam, and revivals in Greek, Armenian, Russian Orthodox churches.
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 2: 1500-1975
  • 899-910The Eastern Churches, 1500–1750

  • Note several Russian Orthodox missions and their methods.
  • Neill: A History of Christian Missions
  • 179-187New Beginnings in the East 1600–1800

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 174-175The Hasburg Empire: Expansion and Decline 1700- 1918
  • 107Economy after the Black Death (chart)
  • 128-131The Growth of Atlantic Economies and the Rise of European Commercial Empires
  • 148-149The Expansion of Russia 1462- 1905
  • 180-181Russian Territorial Economic Expansion 1795- 1914

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 249-253Review: Orthodox Christendom
  • 328-334The Rise of Moscow
  • 363-365Review: English Parliamentarianism

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 182-184Lesson 51 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 269-272Cowling: A Historical Overview

  • Optional
  • Stark: For the Glory of God
  • 201-288Explaining the European Witch-Hunts

  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 2: 1500-1975
  • 911-922The Eastern Churches, 1500–1750

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 707-709Russia (#1-6)
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

Earhart, ed.: Religious Traditions of the World

456-462 Fishbane: Jews and Judaism, Vilna


Greek Lessons

Greek 51

Reflection Questions
  • In 1383, the missionary work of Stefan Charp “was entirely free from political involvements.” In 1589, “the Russian state and the Russian Church were both ready to expand” (Neill 180-181). Comment on the significance of this shift.

  • The reign of Peter the Great (d. 1725) is marked as a watershed in Russian history, as are those of Ivan the Terrible (d. 1584) and Lenin (d. 1924). Discuss the reasons for and against ascribing such significance to Peter the Great.

  • Discuss the significance of changes in home, family, and domestic regimen underway in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries.