By Robert E. Buswell Jr., Timothy S. Lee
All through such a lot of East Asia, Christianity has remained mostly at the outer edge of spiritual heritage. notwithstanding, within the centuries due to the fact its advent to the Korean peninsula, Christianity has turn into so intertwined with Korea's background and tradition that it might probably now be thought of an indigenous faith. Christianity is arguably the main influential non secular culture within the nation this day, claiming greater than twenty-five percentage of the South Korean inhabitants as its adherents. Korea, in flip, has emerged as some of the most dynamic and artistic nationwide church buildings within the Christian global: its Catholic Church has produced greater than 100 saints; its Protestant communions have despatched out extra missionaries than any kingdom other than the United States.Despite the importance of Korea in international Christianity and the an important position Christianity performs in modern Korean spiritual existence, the culture has been little studied within the West. Christianity in Korea seeks! to fill this lacuna through delivering a wide-ranging assessment of the expansion and improvement of Korean Christianity and the results that improvement has had for Korean politics, inter-religious discussion, and gender and social matters. It brings jointly students in historical past, sociology, theology, and comparative faith to ascertain Korean Christianity from a multidisciplinary point of view. the quantity starts with an accessibly written evaluation that lines in large define the background and improvement of Christianity at the peninsula. this is often by means of chapters that disguise a impressive variety of subject matters spanning greater than centuries. There are chapters that tackle extensive issues, resembling the survival of early Korean Catholics in a Neo-Confucian society, family members among Christian church buildings and colonial experts in the course of the jap career, premillennialism, and the theological importance of the department and potential reunification of Korea. Others glance in additional aspect at! members and routine, together with the tale of the feminine martyr Kollumba Kang Wansuk; the impression of Presbyterianism at the well known nationalist Ahn Changho; the sociopolitical and theological history of the Minjung Protestant stream; and the good fortune and demanding situations of Evangelical Protestantism in Korea. The publication concludes with a dialogue of the way most sensible to inspire a rapprochement among Buddhism and Christianity in Korea.Christianity in Korea presents the main complete photo of the Korean Christian culture ever provided in a Western language. Readers will enjoy the volume's multi- and interdisciplinary views in addition to its huge imaginative and prescient, illustrating the worldwide relevance of either Korean reviews and Korean Christianity.
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7, 107b. 21. Cho Kwang, Choso˘n hugi Ch’o˘nju kyosa yo˘n’gu, 108. 22. Daveluy, So˘ngch’al kwiryak, 20b–21a. 23. Cho˘ng Yakchong, Chugyo yoji, bk. 2, 41a. 24. So˘nggyo˘ng chikhae, bk. 7, 44ab. 25. Daveluy, So˘ngch’al kwiryak, 33a. 26. Ch’o˘nju so˘nggyo konggwa, bk. 3, 15a. 27. This quotation is found in the records of the royal prosecutorial o‰ce of Choso˘n, Ch’uan Ku˘pkukan, under the section, ‘‘Sahak choein Yi Kahwan tu˘ng’’ [Evil Heretic Yi Kahwan and Others] (1801). The records are kept at the Kujanggak Archives of Seoul National University.
13. General surveys of the history of the Protestant Church in the modern period may be found in Clark, A History of the Church in Korea; Clark, Christianity in Modern Korea; idem, ‘‘History and Religion in Modern Korea: The Case of Protestant Christianity,’’ in Religion and Society in Contemporary Korea, ed. Lewis R. Lancaster and Richard K. Payne; and Grayson, Korea: A Religious History. Reﬂections on the relationship between Protestant Christianity and Korean culture are discussed in James H.
Conceptually, Protestantism has exercised an extraordinary inﬂuence on the other religious traditions—in helping to create a more outwardlooking attitude among Catholic Christians, by providing both a sense of competition and a model for growth that aided in the revival of Buddhism, and by being a conceptual inspiration for various non-Christian new religious movements. A Quarter-Millennium of Christianity in Korea 23 NOTES 1. Paul Tillich, Systematic Theology, vol. 3: Life and the Spirit: History and the Kingdom of God (Welwyn: James Nisbet, 1964), 393–396.
Christianity in Korea by Robert E. Buswell Jr., Timothy S. Lee