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WCF.M3.L8 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Compare various approaches taken by historians in interpreting their data.
  • Discuss factors influencing the position and spread of various religions in Persia and neighboring areas during the early centuries CE.
  • Compare the role of different Chinese religious/philosophical streams in this time period with the role of contemporary Christianity.


Assignments:
  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 29-31Lesson 08 Introduction

  • General

  • Persia
  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 169-173Nestorianism

  • Moffett: A History of Christianity in Asia
  • 92-101Sassanid Revolution and the Church
  • 117-130First Steps Toward a National Persian Church
  • 150-164Reorganization of the Persian Church

  • Tajadod: “The Role of Iranians in the Spread of Buddhism, Manichaeism and Mazdaism in China”
  • 61-68Diogenes (2003) 50,4 Wilson Select Plus Database

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 38-39Empires and Traders 1200-600 BC
  • 42-43The Achaemenid and Hellenistic World 600- 30 BC

  • Judaism

  • China
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 291-292Taoism: Introduction

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 149-150Buddhist, Buddhism
  • 221-222Confucianism
  • 675Nestorian Mission
  • 930-931Taoist, Taoism

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 31-35Lesson 08 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 410-420Pye: A Tapestry of Traditions: Japanese Religions

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 113-115Armenia
  • 355-358Georgia
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes


Assignments (continued)


Optional (cont.)


Smart, ed.: Sacred Texts of the World

294-302 Taoism: Various Subjects


Moreau, ed.: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions

1045-1046 Zoroastrian, Zoroastrianism


Japan


Moffett: A History of Christianity in Asia

137-145 The Great Persecution


Language

Greek Lessons

Greek 8





Reflection Questions
  • Looking at the various approaches taken by historians in interpreting their data, and basing your answers on references to specific examples, which seem most helpful to you? (Since it is impossible to cover all aspects of this question, you should focus your answers on at least four well-chosen examples.)


  • What factors influenced either the spread or curtailment of Christianity and other religions in Persia and nearby regions during the early centuries after Christ? Where, in today's world, are similar factors important?


  • In China, Taoism and Confucianism tended to complement each other by focusing on different needs of individuals and society. In order to compare the Chinese roles with the roles of contemporary Christianity, choose one of the following responses and defend it in a brief essay:
    Contemporary Christianity addressed these same needs.
    Christians today focus on different issues.
    Today's Christians rely on other aspects of modern culture to meet those same needs.


Notes