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WCF.M4.L41 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Describe some of the complexity involved in the origins of the Christian’s Bible.
  • Compare and contrast the use of scripture in the two largest world religions—Islam and Christianity.
  • Explain the continuity and contrast in the Judaic background of the Christian tradition.


Assignments:
  • Introduction
  •   NOTE: NWC students are not required to use the rest of these study lessons.
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 145-146Lesson 41 Introduction

  • General

  • Read selectively; about 10 pages.
  • McGrath, ed: The Christian Theology Reader
  •  Sources of Theology: 2.1-2, 2.4-5, 2.7-11, 2.15, 2.18, 2.20, 2.22, 2.26, 2.28, 2.30, 2.32, 2.40-41, 2.43

  • Read selectively; about 10 pages.
  • Parshall: The Cross and the Crescent
  • 53-85ch. 2 Sacred Scriptures

  • McGrath: Christian Theology: An Introduction
  • 96b-127aThe Modern Period in Theology
  • 159-178aThe Sources of Theology
  • 183b-189aThe Sources of Theology

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Four Reader
  •  41A Bray: Evangelical Trends in Interpretation

  • EMQ 36.4 October 2000 Short Term Missions (Study Kit)
  • 484-488Dinkins: Walk-Thru the Bible: A Cross-Cultural Tool?

  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 89-102ch. 8 The Bible as Universal History

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 21-26#4 Stott: The Bible in World Evangelization

  • Walls, ed.: Mission in the 21st Century
  • 107-117Lee: Reading the Bible in the Non Western Church: An Asian Dimension

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 146-148Lesson 41 Review

  • Optional
  • McGrath, ed: The Christian Theology Reader
  •  Sources of Theology: 2.1-2, 2.4-5, 2.7-11, 2.15, 2.18, 2.20, 2.22, 2.26, 2.28, 2.30, 2.32, 2.40-41, 2.43

  • McGrath: Christian Theology: An Introduction
  • 96b-127aThe Modern Period in Theology
  • 159-178aThe Sources of Theology
  • 183-189aThe Sources of Theology

  • Hiebert: Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
  • 197c-219The Fourth Self

  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 52-65ch. 5 Reason, Revelation, and Experience

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 408-409Libya
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes


Assignments (continued)


Optional (cont.)


Loewen: The Bible in Cross-Cultural Perspective

245-255 The Bible in My Life (Review from Module 1)


NOTE:

Plan ahead and begin working on major assignments which will be due at the end of the half-module.





Reflection Questions
  • Drawing upon both Parshall and Sanneh, since both come to our subject from a non-Western point of view, make some comparisons and contrasts meaningful to you between Christianity and Islam in their handling of what they each deem scripture .


  • In the light of Sanneh’s contribution, how would Islamic scholarship treat Loewen’s bold proposals for utilizing the Bible?


  • What in the origin of the Christian’s Bible has been both untidy, even embarrassing, but in any case baffling and unresolvable, yet at the same time the very basis for a significant contribution to the phenomenon of global civilization?


Notes