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WCF.M4.L14 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Analyze the social, cultural, psychological, religious, and other reasons that encouraged Westerners to join the new Eastern religions of the 1960s-1980s.
  • Compare differences among new religious movements popularized in the West in the 1960s-1980s.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 56-57Lesson 14 Introduction

  • General

  • Explanations, tied to church history, for the success of Christianity in the post-colonial South.
  • Jenkins: The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
  • 72b-78Standing Alone

  • Myers: Exploring World Mission
  • 24-28State of the World’s Religions

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 149-150Buddhist, Buddhism
  • 434-437Hindu, Hinduism
  • 677-678New Age Movement
  • 876-877Sikh, Sikhism

  • Do some of these “true believers” sound like people you know? Why do people join such groups, and why have so many new religions become established in America?

  • Sociological Analysis, 1991 52:4, ATLA Religion Database
  • 311-331Hannigan: “Social Movement Theory and the Sociology of Religion: Toward a New Synthesis”

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 57-59Lesson 14 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 324-325Sadgrove: Branches of the Church

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 712Russia (#12)
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • What social, cultural or psychological dynamics might lead Westerners to join Eastern religious groups and cults?

  • What differences do you see between the various new religions of the 1960s-1980s, such as the Moonies, Hare Krishnas, Jesus People, Soka Gakkai, or others?