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Korean Spirituality$
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Don Baker

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832339

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832339.001.0001

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Korean Christianity

Korean Christianity

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(p.58) Chapter 4 Korean Christianity
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Korean Spirituality
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Don Baker

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832339.003.0004

This chapter focuses on Christianity in Korea. The religion entered the peninsula and gave Koreans new options for addressing old problems by supplying new answers to people's inability to overcome the presence of evil in the world. This religion also provided new ways of conceiving and interacting with supernatural forces, new techniques for transcending the limitations of existence as an individual, and new approaches for resolving the contradiction between the presumption of human perfectibility and the reality of human moral weakness. The old religions and philosophies in Korea were changed by their encounters with Christianity, even though these traditional concepts continue to be the spirituality of choice for large numbers of Koreans.

Keywords:   Christianity, Korea, evil, supernatural forces, human perfectibility, human moral weakness

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