Syncretism: The Religious Context of Christian Beginnings in Korea (Hardcover)

Syncretism: The Religious Context of Christian Beginnings in Korea By David Chung, Kang-Nam Oh (Editor) Cover Image
By David Chung, Kang-Nam Oh (Editor)
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This book explains the explosive growth of Christianity since its introduction into Korea in the eighteenth century. In no other Asian country has Christianity taken root so strongly.

Author David Chung argues that it was the syncretic tendency of Korean religious culture that provided the context for the successful acceptance of Christianity. Working from the perspective of comparative religions, he explores how Korean society accommodated and assimilated religions of foreign origin, such as Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Christianity through crude equation and subtle identification of these religions with Korean indigenous beliefs. Fundamentally shamanistic, Korean society received and grafted these religions onto its own and made a remarkable tapestry of beliefs, rites, and values into a comprehensive pattern. Syncretism finds this "religious tapestry" or internal chemistry working between Korean and Christian worldviews.

About the Author

David Chung is former President of Konkuk University and Hanshin University, Korea, and former Professor of Religious Studies, Carleton University, Canada.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780791449417
ISBN-10: 0791449416
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: April 19th, 2001
Pages: 278
Language: English
Series: Suny Series