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WCF.M3.L52 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain how the rise of absolutism and the rise of the common man can both be talked about at the same time.
  • Discuss Latourette’s comments about science and the Christian movement.
  • Discuss how science and the Enlightenment impacted or was impacted by the Church.
  • Demonstrate how the Enlightenment enhanced political decentralization and theological diversity.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  •  Lesson Previews: Lesson 52
  • 185-186Lesson 52 Introduction

  • General
  • Stark: For the Glory of God
  • 158-160Puritans and the Rise of Science
  • 163-165dGalileo
  • 166-172The Enlightenment; Newton

  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 2: 1500-1975
  • 967-990The Expanding Effect of Christianity

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 62-63Religions of the Medieval World 600-1500
  • 156-157Revolution and Stability in Europe 1600-1785
  • 107Economy after the Black Death (chart)
  • 128-131The Growth of the Atlantic Economies and the Rise of European Commercial Empires

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 323-326Review: Europe’s Self Transformation
  • 369-376Math and Sciences through Roots of Europe’s Dominance

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 186-188Lesson 52 Review

  • Optional

  • Key persons whose thinking reflects the new temper of the time.
  • Johnson: A History of the Jews
  • 287-310Ghetto

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 424India: Goa
  • 430India: Kerala

  • Language
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • The readings talk of the rise of “absolutism.” following the great reformation(s) of the 16th century. In what ways is it possible to speak of an even more fundamental “Rise of the Common Man”? What relation does this have to the rise of Absolutism? How can both be true?

  • Paraphrase Latourette’s comments about science and the Christian movement (see pages 552, 604-605, 992, 995).

  • Do your readings imply that science and the Enlightenment impact the Church or that they are an effect of the impact of growing Christian vitality? Or both?

  • Political decentralization and theological diversity, we have observed, went together in the Reformations. How did the Enlightenment enhance both developments even further?