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WCF.M4.L42 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Most of these Theology lessons draw heavily on a well-known British evangelical scholar, McGrath. Note that he writes an introduction to theology, rather than taking one specific approach to doctrines (as, for example, Berkhof does). His overviews of different theological positions are supplemented by his reader, with short excerpts from early church fathers to the present day. Those who have already studied theology intensively may choose to skip lightly over McGrath’s work. Those needing more background may choose to read about 10 pages selectively from each of the McGrath volumes.



Objectives: To be able to...
  • Compare Christian theology of God and humankind with teachings of another world religion.
  • Discuss how these different understandings may affect cross-cultural communication.
  • Explain differences between major Christian traditions in their teachings about God and humankind.


Assignments:
  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 149-150Lesson 42 Introduction

  • General

  • Theology
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 925-926Systematic Theology
  • 947-949Theological Systems

  • God

  • Read 5 pages.
  • McGrath: Christian Theology: An Introduction
  • 265-270Doctrine of God
  • 292-304aDoctrine of God
  • 319-321aDoctrine of the Trinity

  • Read 5 pages.
  • McGrath, ed: The Christian Theology Reader
  •  God: 1.5-6, 3.1, 3.3-4, 3.12-13, 3.22, 3.25-26, 3.29, 3.37-38

  • Humankind
  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 80-88ch. 7 The Logic of Election

  • Read 5 pages.
  • McGrath: Christian Theology: An Introduction
  • 440-449bDoctrines of Human Nature
  • 465b-468aSin
  • 469d-470dGrace

  • Read 5 pages.
  • McGrath, ed: The Christian Theology Reader
  •  Human Nature, Sin, Grace: 6.0, 6.6, 6.8, 6.12-13, 6.25, 6.42, 6.47, 6.49

  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Four Reader
  •  42A Bloesch: Resurrection and Immortality
  •  42B Guthrie: New Testament Theology: The Resurrection
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes


Assignments (continued)


General (cont.)


These selections are from one of several volumes produced recently to give 3, 4, or 5 views on various issues, doctrines, etc. Zondervan and InterVarsity are two presses that publish such collections.


Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Four Reader

42C Alexander et al., eds.: The Riddle of Sanctification


Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews

150-153 Lesson 42 Review


Optional

Johnstone: Operation World

355-358 Iraq


McGrath: Christian Theology: An Introduction

279-287a Doctrine of God

296a-304a Doctrine of God

322a-330a Doctrine of the Trinity

468a-469d Doctrines of Human Nature, Sin, Grace

470c-474a Doctrines of Human Nature, Sin, Grace


Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Four Reader

42D Kateregga & Shenk: A Muslim and a Christian in Dialogue: The Creation & Adam and Hauwa


Parshall: The Cross and the Crescent

161-201 ch. 5 Sin and Holiness





Reflection Questions
  • How is a Christian understanding of God similar to and different from that of another world religion (choose one religion)? How might these similarities and differences affect communication of the gospel to adherents of that religion?


  • How is a Christian understanding of humankind similar to and different from that of another world religion? How might these similarities and differences affect cross-cultural communication?


  • What major differences do you find between various Christian traditions in their teachings about the nature of God? of mankind? How have these differences affected the development of the world Christian movement?


Notes