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WCF.M4.L34 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Explain major characteristics of the New Age Movement and suggest a useful approach to it.
  • Compare various analyses of interreligious dialogue in today’s pluralistic world.
  • Defend a position toward environmental concerns today.


Assignments:
  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 136-137Lesson 34 Introduction

  • General

  • The New Age
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 677-678New Age Movement

  • Pluralism
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 761-762Pluralism

  • Newbigin has a nice overview of religious pluralism, with a critique written in a caring manner.
  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 3b-4bIndia
  • 125c-130cThe Logic of Mission–Mission: Word, Deed, New Being
  • 155-183No Other Name, The Gospel and the Religions

  • McGrath, ed: The Christian Theology Reader
  •  9.7-9.11

  • Jenkins: The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
  • 99d-105The Rise of the New Christianity: The United States

  • Earthkeeping
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 314-315Environment

  • Second selection is a comparison of present wastefulness of environmental resources with the disastrous wastefulness of Easter Island.
  • Christian: Maps of Time
  • 459-464Acceleration of the Twentieth Century: Changes in Human Relations with the Biosphere
  • 471-475The Near Future

  • Myers: Exploring World Mission
  • 74Caring for Creation

  • Samuel, ed.: Mission as Transformation
  • 345-359Evangelical Christianity and the Environment

  • Walls, ed.: Mission in the 21st Century
  • 84-93DeWitt: To Strive to Safeguard the Integrity of Creation and Sustain and Renew the Life of the Earth

  • Corrie: Dictionary of Mission Theology
  • 334-336Religious Plutalism
  • 258-260New Age

  • Hanciles: Beyond Christendom
  • 374-391Conclusion: New Age, New Movement, Old Mission (Whose Future Is It?)

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 27-33Wright, Christopher: Mission and God’s Earth

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 137-139Lesson 34 Review
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (cont.)

Optional

Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation, 7th Edition

426-427 India: Himarchal Pradesh

427-428 India: Jammu and Kashmir





Reflection Questions
  • What is meant by New Age, and what approach would you recommend to the New Age Movement and its adherents?


  • If Jesus Christ is unique, what contribution might Christians make, if any, to religious dialogue in today’s pluralistic world?


  • Since Jesus is coming again soon, and there will be a new earth as well as new heavens, why should Christians divert their attention to environmental concerns now?


Notes