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WCF.M3.L6 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain basic cultural dynamics of the AD 200-400 period.
  • Explain political and cultural influences on the spread and persecution of Christianity during this time period.
  • Discuss differences between Christians during this time and their possible effects on the later spread of Islam.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  •  Lesson Previews: Lesson 6
  • 20-21Lesson 06 Introduction

  • General
  • Pierson: The Dynamics of Christian Mission
  • 1-9ch. 5 Expansion in the Roman World

  • Neill: A History of Christian Missions
  • 32-42Conquest of the Roman World

  • Moffett: A History of Christianity in Asia
  • 127-138The Great Persecution

  • Stark: The Rise of Christianity
  • 163-189The Martyrs: Sacrifice as Rational Choice

  • Stark: For the Glory of God
  • 25-31Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Sects
  • 33-36Constantine
  • 40-46Two Churches: Piety and Power

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 44-45The Birth of World Religions 1500 BC-600 AD
  • 54-57The Roman Empire 500 BC- 600 AD and Barbarian Invasions of the Roman Empire 100-500 AD

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 194-200Barbarian Invasions
  • 205-209Byzantine Empire through Heresy and Orthodoxy
  • 229-238Europe

  • Sanneh: Disciples of All Nations
  • 13-36Whither Christianity?: A Study in Origin, Thought and Action

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 21-24Lesson 06 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Wald: The New Joy of Discovery in Bible Study
  • 32-45Chapters 5,6

  • Optional
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 129-169aChristianity Takes Shape in Organization, Doctrine

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 94-97Albania
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)


Greek Lessons

Greek 6

Johnson: A History of the Jews

154-168 Jewish Moral Theology, Babylonian Exilarchate, Early Christian Anti-Semitism, Islamic Heresy

Sanneh: Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture

67-87 Mission and the Cultural Assimilation of Christianity: The Hellenistic Factor

Tucker: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya

25-38 The Early Centuries: Evangelizing the Roman Empire, Paul, Polycarp, Perpetua, Ulfilas

Reflection Questions
  • Write, in your own words, a 2-page essay that details the distinctives of each of the directions taken by the Christian movement during the years of AD 200–400.

  • To what degree were the five cultural basins represented in the movement of Christianity tied in with the source literature of the Christian tradition?

  • What does Moffett observe to be the result in the East of their adoption of Christianity finally as an official—rather than merely a tolerated—faith?

  • What is the difference between an “inner ring” and an “outer ring” form of Christianity?

  • What do you suppose happened prior to AD 400 that laid the groundwork for the appearance of Islam?