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WCF.M4.L50 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Identify crucial issues facing modern women and men as the legacy of the Enlightenment.
  • State the role of repentance of historical wrongs in modern missions.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 183-184Lesson 50 Introduction

  • General

  • Secular World
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 865Secularist, Secularism

  • The Greek Orthodox Theological Review (Spring/Winter 1993) 38,1, ATLA Religion Database
  • 47-55Bishop Demetrios Trakatellis: “The Gospel Message in a Secular Context”

  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 211-221ch. 17 The Myth of the Secular Society (Review.)

  • Sociology of Religion (Fall 1999) 60,3, ATLA Religion Database
  • 209-228Swatos, Jr. & Christiano: “Secularization Theory: The Course of a Concept”

  • Bjork, an American, goes to France as an evangelical missionary, sent to plant his denomination’s church. Instead, he is led into working within the Roman Catholic Church. See how his home church and Catholics in France respond to this ministry. Begin the book with background information on secular post-Christian France.
  • Bjork: Unfamiliar Paths: A Case Study from France
  • 1-10ch. 1 When Obedience Leads Us Into the Unknown
  • 11-25ch. 2 “I Am French, I Am Catholic, I Am an Atheist!”

  • Judaism

  • Jewish believers in Jesus write in practical terms.
  • Winter, ed: WCF Program: Module Four Reader
  •  50A Burg: A Stubborn Stiff-Necked People, or Reaching the Original Resistant People

  • Corrie: Dictionary of Mission Theology
  • 190-192Jewish Mission

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 184-186Lesson 50 Review

  • Partridge, ed: Introduction to World Religions
  • 290-294Harley: Family and Society

  • Optional
  • Newbigin: The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
  • 39-51ch. 4 Authority, Autonomy, and Tradition

  • Bjork: Unfamiliar Paths: A Case Study from France
  • 26-41ch. 3 The French: Familiar but Puzzling

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 477-481Israel
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Reflection Questions
  • Discuss the relation of secularization and the Enlightenment.

  • A lot of truly terrible things have been done in the name of Christian mission to Jews (Muslims, Native Americans, etc.). Isn’t what’s past better left forgotten? Why or why not?