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WCF.M4.L4 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Present elements of worldview or themes of the ethos of your own and one other culture.
  • Compare the approaches to “worldview” and “ethos” found in several missiological authors.
  • Predict potential problems with the use of cultural themes (redemptive analogies) in evangelization.
  • Illustrate the benefit of comprehending the worldview level of a culture to ensure effective communication with its people.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 14-16Lesson 04 Introduction

  • General

  • Worldview and Missions
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Four Reader
  •  04A Buswell: Worldview, Ethos and Cultural Themes: Context for Contextualization

  • Hiebert: Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
  • 111-119ch. 5 Cultural Assumptions of Western Missionaries

  • Snodderly, ed: WCF Degree Study Programs: All Module Reader
  • 251-258Gration: #1 Congdon: Contextualization and Worldview: A Zulu Case Study
  • 267-276Gration: #3 Richardson: Redemptive Analogies

  • Corrie: Dictionary of Mission Theology
  • 438-441Worldview

  • The Writing Center
  • 9-12Introduction

  • Hiebert: Transforming Worldviews
  • 13-30The Concept of Worldview
  • 31-70Worldviews in Human Contexts
  • 71-88Methods for Analyzing Worldviews
  • 307-333Transforming Worldviews
  • 337-344Appendix 2: A Comparison of American and Indian Worldviews

  • Snodderly: The Goal of International Development
  • 91-106Taylor: Angelic Corruption of Creation: A Question for Worldview?
  • 107-120Ampadu: African Tribal Religions and Worldview
  • 121-124Graham: Transforming Worldviews through the Biblical Story

  • Woodberry, ed: Seed to Fruit
  • 185-194Travis and Parshall: Factors Affecting the Identity that Jesus Followers Choose

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 16-18Lesson 04 Review

  • Hesselgrave: Missionshift: Global Mission Issues in the Third Millenium
  • 30-40Eitel: On Becoming Missional: Interacting with Charles Van Engen

  • Optional

  •  Winter: The Most Precarious Mission Frontier
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

African Ecclesial Review 40.1, Feb. 1998 (ATLA Religion Database)

1-62 Radoli: A Challenge to Preserve African Values in a Christian Context

Hesselgrave: Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally

221-229b ch. 15 Communicating Christ into the Tribal Worldview

301d-304b ch. 21 Cultural Differences and the Cognitive Process

305-310a ch. 22 Conceptual Thinking and the Western Missionary

Our basic assumptions affect communication of the gospel.

Adeney: Strange Virtues

13-18a ch. 1 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Ethics

See the role of believers in serving others.

Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions

812-813 Redemptive Analogies

1032-1033 Worldview

Reflection Questions
  • What is your world view as a member of an ethnic or national group (e.g., American); and, as a Christian, what elements differ from those in the world view or ethos of non-Christian members of your people?

  • Describe the approach of Clifford Geertz to “world view” and “ethos” in comparison with the approach found in the writings of selected missiological authors.

  • Of what potential problems, if any, should one be aware in the use of cultural themes of tribal ethos as bridges, steps, or tools for evangelization?

  • What example can you give of an aspect of another culture’s world view, the ignorance of which could make a significant difference in communication?