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WCF.M3.L75 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe the prevailing attitude historians maintained toward any kind of optimistic perspective, such as Latourette’s.
  • Discuss the merits and demerits of a schematization of history involving epochs, especially “regularity” of epochs.
  • Explain factors necessary for a view of a single world civilization.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  •  Lesson Previews: Lesson 75
  • 282Lesson 75 Introduction

  • General
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 237-240Winter: The Unfolding Drama of the Christian Movement: #18 The Story of Global Civilization as of 1945

  • As you read this, take note especially of the irrepressibly optimistic account he gives. Be prepared for the fact that many secular historians reacted as if he had, in presenting an optimistic picture, betrayed the historians’ trade!
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 2: 1500-1975
  • 1460-1474Inclusive Retrospect

  • A review of the expansion of the Christian movement, with special attention paid to the Global South:
  • Jenkins: The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
  • 15-38Disciples of All Nations

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Three Reader
  • 273-276Winter: The Reluctant Missionary

  • Sanneh: Disciples of All Nations
  • 218-234Civilization and the Limits of Mission

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 282-284Lesson 75 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 421-434Momen: The Baha’i Faith

  • Optional
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 370-371aSun Myung Moon’s Divine Principle
  • 379Bahai: Faith of Baha’ullah

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek 75
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • How can you explain the kinds of criticism Latourette received (along with many who praised his work)?

  • What is the main problem in any description of historical development which seems to give credit to religion?

  • Any conclusion about a single world civilization depends on what factors?