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WCF.M3.L64 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe the enormous Western “explosion” in the latter half of the 19th century.
  • Explain the parallels between certain key thinkers in the intellectual and scientific revolution of this period.
  • Be able to define the difference between believing in change in nature and the objectionable aspects associated with the word evolution .

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  •  Lesson Previews: Lesson 64
  • 233-234Lesson 64 Introduction

  • General

  • Social, cultural, industrial, commercial factors:
  • Christian: Maps of Time
  • 432-439Birth of the Modern World: Second and Third Waves

  • Hutchison: Errand to the World: American Protestant Thought and Foreign Missions
  • 91-108A Moral Equivalent for Imperialism

  • Note part about Dreyfus
  • Johnson: A History of the Jews
  • 391-408Herzl and German Anti-Semitism, Judenstaat and the Zionist Movement, Ostjuden and Weizmann, Religious Opposition to Zionism, Jews and Modernist Culture

  • Note the explosion in recognition and classification of plant and animal species and the fervor to discover new species. Notice how this serves as background for Darwin’s thinking:
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 234-236Lesson 64 Review

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 170-171The Industrialization of Europe 1830- 1914
  • 210-211World Population Growth and Urbanization 1800- 1914

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 139Global Teams–Study D: Applying the Word

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 682-688Philippines
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

Page through the entire section. It tackles the very fundamental question of: What is nature and how shall we describe its reality? This is very basic. Get serious by page 442. Note the nature of the opposition from Buffon to Linnaeus. Get serious again on page 464 for the final ten pages on Darwin. Focus on the rapid build up of understanding (and confusion) in the 1850-1900 period:

Boorstin: The Discoverers

420-476 Cataloguing the Whole Creation

Note on p. 615 Marx’s background and the nature of his concerns on the next two pages:

613-624 Hidden Dimensions: History as Therapy

Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 2: 1500-1975

1186-1201 Christianity in the British Isles, 1815-1914

1205-1226 North Africa, Western Asia, Eastern Europe to 1914

1226-1248 US: West, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox

1279-1282 Canada

Reflection Questions
  • What is the major link between a spurt of power in the Western world and the Westernization of the rest of the world? Explain.

  • What parallels or contrasts are there between Linnaeus’, Buffon’s, and Darwin’s understanding of nature?

  • Why, in the eyes of some, is the phenomenon of change in nature a challenge to religious views? State your own perspective. What is the issue of the idea of a “History of nature?” Where is this raised in your readings?

  • What is the essential problem Darwin deals with concerning the phenomenon of change in nature?