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WCF.M4.L16 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe the relationship between worldview and ethics.
  • Defend the proposition that there are absolute values, not just preferences/likes as values.
  • Interact with the the need for examining biblical guidelines in relation to questionable or morally wrong practices in societies with relativistic worldviews.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 64-65Lesson 16 Introduction

  • General

  • 86-94Winter: The Largest Stumbling Block to Leadership Development in the Global Church

  • Ethics

  • If you are not acquainted with Francis Schaeffer’s writings and L’Abri Fellowship, this is a good chance to see his approach. When so many American evangelicals were raised in an anti-intellectual environment even after World War II, Schaeffer’s analysis of secular philosophy, easy-going seminars, and apologetic reasoning helped many students attending state universities, where they faced anti-Christian teaching.
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Four Reader
  •  16A Schaeffer: The Breakdown in Philosophy and Science

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 319-322Ethics

  • Tucker: From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya
  • 439-447New Methods & Strategy, R. Kenneth Strachan

  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 817Relativist, Relativism
  • 1032-1033Worldview

  • Newbigin draws together the themes of justice and living out the will of God within culture as they lead to the goal of history, God’s kingdom reigning on earth as in heaven.
  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 130c-140ch. 11 Mission: Word, Deed, New Being

  • Communication

  • See the many practical examples in the chapters listed in the Supplemental Readings list. See especially pp. 396-397, 415-420, 422-430.
  • Samuel, ed.: Mission as Transformation
  • 208-220A Presentation of the Concern for Kingdom Ethics

  • Corrie: Dictionary of Mission Theology
  • 110-112Ethics

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 657-659Schwartz: Dependency

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 65-67Lesson 16 Review

  • Optional
  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 210-213Chile
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

Hesselgrave: Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally

393b-450 chs. 29–32 Behavioral Patterns: Ways of Acting

631-638 ch. 45 Receptivity and Missionary Response

Stott, ed: Down to Earth

273-285 #16 Osei-Mensah: The Christian Lifestyle

Reflection Questions
  • What relationship is there between worldview and ethics? Give examples.

  • How would you defend the proposition that there are absolute values, over against values as personal preferences?

  • How would a person with a relativistic worldview interpret cannibalism, adultery, deceit, and murder differently than a person with a theocentric view? How would a Christian contextualize his/her ethics with respect to these practices?