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1st Edition

A History of Protestantism in Korea

ISBN 9781032201702
Published March 2, 2022 by Routledge
314 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive overview of Protestant Christianity in Korea. It outlines the development of Christianity in Korea before Protestantism, considers the introduction of Protestantism in the late nineteenth century and its widening and profound impact, and goes on to discuss the situation up to the present. Throughout the book emphasises the importance of Protestantism for Korean national life, highlights the key role Protestantism has played in Korea’s social, political, and cultural development, including in North Korea whose first leader Kim Il Sung was the son of devout Protestant parents, and demonstrates how Protestantism continues to be a vital force for Korean society overall.

Table of Contents

I. Christianity before the Introduction of Protestantism II. Dawn of Protestantism III. Pioneer Missionaries IV. Building Early Churches V. Saving the People of a Falling Kingdom VI. Birth and Burgeoning of Christian Nationalist Movement VII. Protestantism in the Early Stages of Colonialism and the March First Independence Movement VIII. Changes after the March First Independence Movement IX. Mounting Challenges and Theological Conflicts X. Opening New Frontiers XI. The Church under the Wartime System XII. Amidst Liberation and War XIII. Ideal and Reality of a Christian Nation XIV. Light and Shadow of Church Growth XV. Suffering and Transformation of North Korean Church XVI. Korean Situation, Korean Church

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Dae Young Ryu is a Professor at Handong Global University, South Korea.