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WCF.M4.L27 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe how past experience helps us to evaluate whether or not a growing cultural consensus will lead toward fewer wars and lasting peace.
  • Discuss the notion that Western society as we know it is disintegrating.
  • Demonstrate the tension of the growing confidence and frustration within the scientific arena.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 107-108Lesson 27 Introduction

  • General

  • Canadian Journal of History (April 2000) 35,1, Wilson Select Plus Database
  • 1-36Ashworth: England and the Machinery of Reason 1780-1830

  • Reason (January 1999) 30,8, Wilson Select Plus Database
  • 58-60Olson: Dark Bedfellows: Postmoderns and Traditionalists Unite Against the Enlightenment

  • Harper’s (June 2003) 306, Wilson Select Plus Database
  • 43-51Diamond: “The Last Americans”

  • Latourette: A History of Christianity, Vol. 1: Beginnings to 1500
  • 552-553Shaping the Intellectual Life

  • Myers: Exploring World Mission
  • 46-49State of the World’s Technology and Freedom

  • O’Brien: Oxford Atlas of World History
  • 242-243The Role of the United States in the World since 1945

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 710-711#122 Mial: The Impact of Missionary Radio on Church Planting

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 109-110Lesson 27 Review

  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 357-358Global Teams: Module 4 Global Teams Inductive Bible Study Guidelines: Study L, Part I: Review and Summary

  • Optional

  •  Harries: Science and Conscience
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • How does past experience help us with the question of whether or not a growing global cultural consensus will lead toward fewer wars and lasting peace?

  • Some of our readings portray a sense of increasing anxiety as Western society as we know it seems to many thinkers to be crumbling at the foundations. Is this to be taken at face value? What do you make of this concern?

  • What evidences are there for both an increasing popular confidence in the capabilities of science and an increasing sense of frustration (and even pessimism) within both popular and scientific circles?