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WCF.M3.L74 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Choose between sections, look at some from each, then focus on those of your interest for a total of 3 to 31/2 hours.

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain the major causes of World War II.
  • Begin to develop a theology of the church’s role in militaristic totalitarian states pursuing social injustice.
  • Articulate issues related to a theology of God and evil, particularly in light of the Holocaust and other atrocities of the 1930s and 1940s.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 277-278Lesson 74 Introduction

  • General
  • McNeill: A World History
  • 499-504Review: The Interwar Years
  • 296-297Review: Chronological Chart

  • Spanish Civil War

  • Good analysis of anticlericalism & the Roman Catholic Church during and after the civil war:
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 261-268Sanchez: The Spanish Civil War as a Religious Tragedy

  • Germany
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 269-272Silverman: The Holocaust and the Reality of Evil

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 232-233The Second World War in Europe 1939- 1945

  • Japan
  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 234-235The War in Asia 1931- 1945

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 278-281Lesson 74 Review

  • Optional
  • Johnson: A History of the Jews
  • 470-517Hitler’s Anti-Semitism, German Jewish Culture, Starving and Working to Death, Death Camps, The Final Solution, Role of German People, Austrians, Romanians, French, Italians, Hungarians, British and Americans, Jewish Acquiescence and Resistance, Survival of Anti-Semitism

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 359-364Germany

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 74
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Why did Germany and Japan—two of the most highly educated nations—seek to conquer and rule so much of the world?

  • Did the church in Germany fulfill its mission in the 1930s and 1940s? What about the church in Japan? How should Christians have acted in those two countries?

  • Where was God during the Holocaust and other killings of 1930-1945?