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THEO 424 - Christianity and World Religions: Christianity

A guide that serves as a brief introduction to several world religions. It is intended to whet your appetite for further study and to help you understand the religious beliefs of others in today's global society.

Keywords and Sample Questions

Terms and names:

Addams, Jane        
Anabaptists
Armageddon
Augustine
Calvin, John
Catholic Worker
Christian Zionism
Christmas
conversion of the head
conversion of the heart
Crusades
Day, Dorothy
dispensationalism
Easter
Enlightenment
epistles
Eucharist
Evangelicals
exaltation
Fundamentalists
Holy Spirit
incarnation
indwelling
Inquisition
inspired
interim ethic
kerygma
King, Martin Luther     
Lord’s Supper
Luther, Martin
Messiah
millennium
original sin
Peace Churches
Peace of God.
Pentecost
Prosperity Gospel
Radical Reformation
rapture
resurrection
Sermon on the Mount
social sin
Son of God
structural sin
tribulation
Truce of God


When Peter and John met a cripple near the Temple who was begging for money, what did they give him? How did the bystanders react?

Learn the six elements of the kerygma. (basic proclamation, mission preaching). Be able to explain each element so that it makes sense – don't just learn the mnemonic alone or give key words without explanation.

What significance does the birth or incarnation of Jesus have for Christians?

What significance does the death of Jesus have for Christians?

How did Christians take part in the victory Jesus won?

What do Christians mean by “original sin”? What do they think can be done about it?

What does the theologian Gorospe mean by “conversion of the head” and “conversion of the heart”? What two barriers does he see to “conversion of the head”? What two things does “conversion of the heart” require?

What do you learn from the Sermon on the Mount?


Describe Luther’s reaction to the peasants’ revolt, showing how his reaction related to his attitude toward ruling elites and toward established order.

Name three positions held by the (Anabaptist) peace churches that are directly relevant to justice and peace.

Give some examples of how early Quakers lived out their pacifism.