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WCF.M4.L52 - World Christian Foundations Study Guide

Objectives: To be able to...
  • Discuss the role of social and cultural institutions in different cultures.
  • Discuss the conservative and revolutionary roles of Christians in changing societies today.

  • Introduction
  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 190-192Lesson 52 Introduction

  • General
  • Moreau, ed: Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions
  • 66-67Anthropology, Missiological Anthropology

  • Hiebert: Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
  • 171-177ach. 7 Critical Contextualization
  • 179d-192ach. 7 Critical Contextualization

  •  Harries: Rituals in the African Church

  •  Hayes: The African Independent Churches: Judgement through Terminology?

  • Example of a contextualized approach to Hindu Balinese culture.

  • Do you agree with the approach Bjork is taking? Is it the only way Christian missionaries should consider? the best way? See all 3 of his concluding chapters (see below under Optional).
  • Bjork: Unfamiliar Paths: A Case Study from France
  • 99-116ch. 8 And When We Don’t Agree
  • 131-133ch. 9 Taking Dancing Lessons from the Trinity

  • Asian patriarchial traditions as a challenge to women theologians.
  • Thomas, ed: Classic Texts in Mission and World Christianity
  • 217-219Kwok: Continue the Cultural Critique

  • Hiebert: Cultural Anthropology
  • 157-176Life Cycle

  • Winter and Hawthorne, eds.: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (4th edition)
  • 708-709#121 Taylor: An Upper Class People Movement
  • 460-464Nida: Communications and Social Structure

  • Winter, ed: WCF Module Four Study Guide and Lesson Overviews
  • 192-195Lesson 52 Review

  • Optional

  • Practical uses of anthropology around the world. See especially the pages on Japanese versus American business procedures.
  • Hiebert: Anthropological Insights for Missionaries
  • 193-197ch. 8 The Fourth Self
  • 219-224ch. 8 The Fourth Self

  • Mandryk: Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide for Every Nation 7th Edition
  • 109-112Argentina
Personal Response, Intellectual Journal, Notes

Assignments (continued)

Optional (cont.)

Bjork: Unfamiliar Paths: A Case Study from France

82-98 ch. 7 Alternative Approach to Missions in Post-Christendom Lands

117-130 ch. 9 Taking Dancing Lessons from the Trinity

EMQ 26:3, July 1990, ATLA Religion Database

290-292 Kendall: Social structure and church planting

Reflection Questions
  • How might an understanding of a people’s social structure and cultural institutions be of help to cross-cultural workers?

  • Since all societies’ cultures are imperfect, should Christians be known as those who uphold traditional social and cultural institutions, or as those who revolutionize them, bringing greater conformity to standards of righteousness and justice?

  • With massive urbanization, modernization, and social change occurring virtually everywhere throughout the world, is it really useful today to focus on functional substitutes for traditional cultural practices?