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WCF.M3.L7 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Draw a series of maps which depict the complicated phenomenon of “the Barbarian Invasions.”
  • Distinguish between theological points which derive from absolute truth and those which are conditioned by cultural factors.
  • Define some of the factors leading Protestants to extensively reject the monastic patterns of Christianity, including even their structural vehicles.


Assignments:
  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 25-27Lesson 07 Introduction

  • General
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 187-188Christianity Takes Shape
  • 221-223Rise of Monasticism

  • Neill: A History of Christian Missions
  • 42-52Conquest of the Roman World

  • Pierson: The Dynamics of Christian Mission
  • 1-7ch. 6 Early Monasticism

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 401-402The Gospel and Culture
  • 654Monastic Movement

  • Read for enjoyment and in preparation for the lesson on Celtic Christianity:
  • Cahill: How the Irish Saved Civilization
  • 3-8How Real is History?
  • 9-31The End of the World: How Rome Fell—and Why

  • Read selectively to get the main ideas, for a total of about 5 pages:
  • Cahill: How the Irish Saved Civilization
  • 33-67What Was Lost: The Complexities of the Classical Tradition

  • Thomas, ed: Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity
  • 16-19Augustine: Great Commission Not Fulfilled

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 206-209Review: Heresy and Orthodoxy
  • 229-238Review: Europe

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 27-28Lesson 07 Review

  • Optional
  • Stark: The Rise of Christianity
  • 191-208Opportunity and Organization

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 400-403Hungary
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes


Assignments (continued)


Language

Greek Lessons

Greek 7

Optional (cont.)


Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500

173-188 Christianity Takes Shape

201-218 Admission, Worship, Discipline in the Christian

Community

221-234 Rise of Monasticism

236-264 Earthen Vessels


Dawson: Religion and the Rise of Western Culture

26-43 The Religious Origins of Western Culture

44-54 The Monks of the West





Reflection Questions
  • Look closely at the Penguin Atlas maps for the period of the fourth century and a bit beyond. Interpret the maps in light of the Huns’ westward movement. What do you see?


  • Your denomination has asked you to explain the differences between theological points that derive from absolute truth and those which are conditioned by cultural factors. What will you say?


  • Some Christians in the Fourth Century Roman Empire disagreed about things like the proper date for what we call Christmas, Easter, etc. To what degree should we focus on clarifying who was “right” in discussions of this nature?


  • In what way does “culture shock” lead Protestants to reject the widespread, influential monastic movements of the first millennium?


Notes