The Religious Context of Christian Beginnings in Korea

eBook - 2001
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Univ of New York Press
Argues that a syncretic worldview encouraged the remarkable growth of Christianity in Korea.

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Having been a university administrator in Korea and a scholar of religion in Canada, Chung seeks explanation for the explosive growth of Christianity in Korea since its introduction there in the 18th century, a success achieved no where else in Asia. He argues that the syncretic tendency of Korean religious culture provided the context for the success, and shows how Korean society accommodated and assimilated religions of foreign origins such as Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism long before they welcomed Christianity. The study was prepared as his doctoral dissertation for Yale University in 1959, but not until now have his colleagues finally convinced him to publish it. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2001
ISBN: 9780791490839
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 263 pages)
Additional Contributors: Oh, Kang-nam


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