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Korean church history : a religio-comparative perspective

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Authors
Kim, Chongsuh
Issue Date
2004
Publisher
Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, Vol.17, pp. 193-214
Abstract
Christianity has long been a mainstream religion in Korea. The

Korean National Census reports that the entire Christian population

exceeded the Buddhist population in the 1980s and 1990s.1 This

fact indicates that terms like “persecution” or “mission-oriented

religion” can no longer aptly be applied to Korean churches. Their

remarkable growth has established Christianity as the most influential religion in the nation and at the same time has made Korean

Christian churches among the most vital and dynamic in the

world.

The leading role of Christianity has changed the landscape of

Korean culture as a whole as well as Korea's religions. Christianity

in Korea is not merely another “foreign religion” that attached itself

to other Korean traditional religions like Shamanism, Confucianism,

or Buddhism. Neither is it part of the underground culture once

only shared by marginalized classes. Today over a half of the

religious population in Korea is Christian and over a quarter of

the entire population share Christian beliefs...
ISSN
1225-0201
Language
English
URI
http://uci.or.kr/G300-j12250201.v17n0p193

http://hdl.handle.net/10371/66853
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