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Christianity in Korea
416pp. June 2007
Christianity in Korea
Editor: Buswell Jr., Robert E.; Lee, Timothy S.;
Despite the significance of Korea in world Christianity and the crucial role Christianity plays in contemporary Korean religious life, the tradition has been little studied in the West. Christianity in Korea seeks to fill this lacuna by providing a wide-ranging overview of the growth and development of Korean Christianity and the implications that development has had for Korean politics, interreligious dialogue, and gender and social issues.

The volume begins with an accessibly written overview that traces in broad outline the history and development of Christianity on the peninsula. This is followed by chapters on broad themes, such as the survival of early Korean Catholics in a Neo-Confucian society, relations between Christian churches and colonial authorities during the Japanese occupation, premillennialism, and the theological significance of the division and prospective reunification of Korea. Others look in more detail at individuals and movements, including the story of the female martyr Kollumba Kang Wansuk; the influence of Presbyterianism on the renowned nationalist Ahn Changho; the sociopolitical and theological background of the Minjung Protestant Movement; and the success and challenges of Evangelical Protestantism in Korea. The book concludes with a discussion of how best to encourage a rapprochement between Buddhism and Christianity in Korea.

Contributors: Donald Baker; Robert E. Buswell, Jr.; Paul Y. Chang; Cho Kwang; Donald N. Clark; Kelly H. Chong; James Huntley Grayson; Wi Jo Kang; Byong-suh Kim; Chong Bum Kim; Wonil Kim; Gari Ledyard; Timothy S. Lee; Sung-Deuk Oak; Kang-nam Oh; Anselm Kyongsuk Min; Jacqueline Pak; Yi Mahn-yol.

"An impressively comprehensive overview of Korean Christianity. . . . An excellent guide—probably one of the best resources available in English—for the study of Korean Christianity." —International Bulletin of Missionary Research 30:4 (2006)

"This book’s collection of remarkable essays takes an interdisciplinary approach to clarifying the growth and development of Korean Christianity and the importance of this development for Korean politics, religion, gender issues, social issues, and interreligious dialogue. Since Western scholarship has mostly ignored this aspect of Korean history and the history of Christianity, this book makes an important contribution toward filling a void." —Choice (June 2006)

Editor: Buswell Jr., Robert E.; Lee, Timothy S.;
Robert E. Buswell, Jr., is professor of Buddhist studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA, and founding director of UCLA’s Center for Korean Studies and Center for Buddhist Studies. Timothy S. Lee is assistant professor of the history of Christianity and director of the Asian (Korean) Church Studies Program at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.
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