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WCF.M3.L9 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain the impact of contacts between South Asia, Southeast Asia, China, and other regions during this era.
  • Compare early Hindu bhakti cults with Christian practices and beliefs of this period.
  • Practice cross-cultural interviewing skills using descriptive questions.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Three Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 36-38Lesson 09 Introduction

  • General

  • India

  • Read carefully. See possible impact of Christianity on the Gita and devotional Hinduism. Many Indian writers deny this possibility. Review the book you read in Module 1, Following Jesus in the Hindu Context.
  • Smart, ed: Sacred Texts of the World
  • 193-195Hinduism: Bhakti and Availability of God
  • 209-211Hinduism: The Asvamedha
  • 218-222Hinduism: Various Subjects
  • 224-225Hinduism: Longing for Krsna

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 434-437Hindu, Hinduism

  • McNeill: A World History
  • 127-132Equilibrium Among the Civilizations
  • 180-188The Flowering and Expansion of Indian Civilization AD 200-600

  • Southeast Asia
  • Library of Congress Country Studies
  •  Cambodia: Angkorian Period

  • Griffin: “Society, Economics and Politics in Pre-Angkor Cambodia”
  • 139-143Asian Perspectives (April 2001) 40,1 Wilson Select Plus

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 72-73East Asks in the Tang Period 618-907
  • 86-87East Asia 907-1600

  • Ethnographic Interview:
  • Spradley: The Ethnographic Interview
  • 78-91Asking Descriptive Questions
  • 223Appendix A

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 143-145Gabriel: Sacred Writings
  • 146-148King: Beliefs

  • Language
  • Greek Lessons
  •  Greek Lesson 9
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

General (cont.)

Winter, ed.: WCF Module 3 Study Guide and Lesson Overviews

38-40 Lesson 09 Review


Greek Lessons

Greek 9


Smart, ed.: Sacred Texts of the World

185-189 Hinduism: Visna and Siva Traditions

Moreau, ed.: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions

325-326 Ethnographic Research

Bellina: “Beads, Social Change, and Interaction between India and South-East Asia”

285-297 Antiquity (June 2003) 77 Wilson Select Plus

Reflection Questions
  • List some evidences of cultural, economic, religious, and other contacts between India, Southeast Asia, China, and regions to the west in the first six centuries CE. How significant were these contacts for major developments in South and Southeast Asia during this period?

  • Compare early Hindu bhakti cults, such as that focused on Krishna, with Christianity (especially of the Eastern churches) during the first several centuries after Christ. If Islam is considered by some a defective Semitic form of Christianity, can these Hindu bhakti cults be seen as a defective Indian form of Christianity? Why or why not?

  • After reading Spradley's material about asking descriptive questions,
    (a) Use the following questions to conduct a trial interview for 15-20 minutes with two local Christian workers, one a missionary and one a pastor:
    (i) How would you describe a typical day as a (missionary/pastor)?
    Could you show me around your ministry context?
    (iii) What is your evangelistic experience as a (missionary/pastor) in this context?

    What reasons would you give for a person in your ministry context not being at all responsive to your evangelistic message?
    (b) Write and ask each person the same two additional descriptive questions as in Spradley.
    (c) Type the interview findings and be prepared to discuss the experience with your mentor.