[KS] The 56th Yonsei / Korea Foundation Korean Studies Forum

김혁래 hyukrae at yonsei.ac.kr
Sun Apr 9 10:21:30 EDT 2006

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The Korean Studies Program and the Institute for Modern Korean Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University are pleased to invite you to attend the 56th Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum, which will be held on Tuesday, April 18th at 6:00 pm in Room 702 of New Millennium Hall. The speaker will be Salamanca University Ph.D. Candidate in Contemporary History Susana Luengo Gallego.  Her talk will be "The Global Renaissance of the Religious Phenomenon: an Interpretation within the context of Contemporary ."  The abstract of her paper can be found at the end of this email.   

The presentation will be followed by a dinner reception. I hope you will come to enjoy the presentation, the discussion, and the reception. Contact Cedar Bough Saeji at 016-525-3239, umyang at gmail.com for further inquiries.  



Hyuk-Rae Kim

Professor of Korean Studies





Confucianism and Christianity have fought for hegemony within the context of

for more than a century. Both have sought to resolve spiritual, moral, political and educational demands using a system of thought meant to be embraced by both the individual and society at large. The original goal for Christians was the pursuit of a separate, ultimate and transcendental end, while Confucians adhered to the ideal of harmonizing individuals, society, nature and the cosmos holistically. In this research I contend that during the evolution and interaction of these two thought systems there has been mutual influence and interference  the most controversial aspects of both have been eroded and this has  brought about distinctive results.   First, Christianity was adapted and indigenised, losing its transcendental meaning;   nowadays Confucianism can be said to have adopted some of the features and style of Christianity. Within the over-arching frame of the global renaissance of  religious phenomenon today Korea presents  two examples where the symbiosis between the two thought systems has fully operated: the Hyanggyo Academy and the Theology of Liberation Church, where concepts of faith, transcendence, involvement in religion and politics, and emphasis on morality and education have switched and swapped from one side to another, bringing about alternative religious and moral options to fulfil the demands of the Contemporary world.

Keywords: Confucianism, Christianity, symbiosis, syncretism, secularisation, modernisation 

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