[KS] CFP: JKS Special Issue "Between the Sacred and the Secular: Christianity as Lived Experience in Modern Korea"

Lee, Timothy t.lee at tcu.edu
Wed Jan 17 12:35:14 EST 2018

Thanks, Frank, for the references! I am not going to open the can of worms--about whether Mormonism is part of Christianity--but those references on Korean Mormons and the Unification Church are very helpful.

Best regards,

Tim Lee
Brite Divinity School

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Dear Colleagues,

And may I please ask: What about the Mormons, the subjects (for
example) of the following two doctoral dissertations:

CHOI, Dong Sull  (1937- ).
    A History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Korea, 1950-1985.  Brigham Young University [United States], 1990 (Ph.D. in History).  Chairperson-Major Adviser: James B. Allen.  viii, 350, 1p.  DAI 51, no.4 (Oct. 1990): 1270-A; UMI 9021640.
    Choi, a convert to Mormonism and a graduate of both Korea University in Seoul (B.A. in English Language and Literature, 1987
[sic]) and Brigham Young University (M.A. in International Studies, 1984), traced the activities of the Mormon Church in Korea from its beginnings through 1985. He specifically addressed the following
issues: "how the religions of Asia and Christianity laid the foundation for the introduction of Mormonism into Korea"; "the nature of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a church with an international spirit and mission"; "how Mormonism began in Korea as a predominantly American church"; "the basic historical development of the Mormon Church in Korea", including the pioneering activities of Dr. Kim Ho-jik (1905-1959) (Gim Ho-jik/Kim Ho Jik); "the process through which it gradually developed Korean leadership as it moved towards 'Koreanization'" (or indigenization); and "the critical transitional events in that process". Choi concluded with "his own suggestions for the further Koreanization of the Church".
    Contents: Introduction. 1. The Historical and Religious Setting of Korea. 2. The Rise of Christianity. 3. The Korean War and Mormonism's Introduction into Korea. 4. Dr. Kim Ho Jik and His Contributions to the Korean LDS Church. 5. The Latter-Day Saints in the 1950s. 6. The Korean LDS Church on the Move: The 1960s. 7. The Church Takes Root:
The 1970s. 8. The Church Reaches Maturity: The 1980s. 9. Building a House of the Lord in Korea. 10. Retrospect and the Problem of Koreanization. Conclusions. Appendices [1-5]: pp.323-31. Bibliography:
    Master's thesis: "Marks of Success in American Mission Policies in Korea", by Dong Sull Choi. M.A. in International Studies, Brigham Young University, 1984. iv, 82p.

TARK, Ji-il  (1964- ).
    Establishing the Kingdom of God on Earth: Transitions in the Family-Centred Beliefs and Practices of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Unification Church, 1945-1997.  University of St. Michael's College (Toronto) [Canada], 2002 (Ph.D. in Theology).
Chairperson-Major Adviser: Phyllis D. Airhart.  viii, 255p.  DAI 63,
no.10 (Apr. 2003): 3610-A; UMI NQ73451.
    This dissertation, a comparative study of two successful new religious movements, argued that "in spite of various tensions and conflicts with their host society [the United States and Korea respectively] due to their sociological natures and religious beliefs and practices, both churches constantly strove to proclaim their gospels throughout the world and made several transitions in the way in which they focus on the family for the purpose of establishing the Kingdom of God on earth". Tark, an ordained Presbyterian minister and a graduate of the Presbyterian College and Seminary in Seoul, Yonsei University (also in Seoul), the San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, paid particular attention to the anthropology of the Mormon Church and the Unification Church as well as to their respective understandings of marriage and of family.
    Contents: Introduction. 1. Sect, Cult, or New Religious Movement?
2. Prophet, Promise, Plan, Possibility, and Place: Historical Background. 3. Anthropology: The Need for the Kingdom of God on Earth.
4. Marriage: The Gate to the Kingdom of God on Earth. 5. Family: The Basic Unit of the Kingdom of God on Earth. Conclusion. Appendices
[1-10]: pp.224-39. Bibliography: pp.240-55.
    Published as Family-Centered Belief and Practice in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Unification Church, by Ji-il Tark. New York and Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2003. xii, 192p.

Should Mormonism be explicitly included as well within the holistic view of Christianity in Korea?

Best wishes,


January 27, 2018

Frank Joseph Shulman
Bibliographer, Editor and Consultant for Reference Publications in Asian Studies
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Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:07:50 +0000
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Dear Carl,
I hadn't seen the announcement - but I am 'gobsmacked' !  Christianity is Christianity with a wide range of representations.  I agree that not only should Roman Catholicism be brought inside the tent, but it would be worthwhile to learn something of the Orthodox experience.  It's time that a holistic view be taken of Christianity and its experience in Korea.

Thank you for pointing this out!

On 16 January 2018 at 17:38, Carl Young <carlfyoung at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I don't have too much invested in this, but am I the only one to be 
> disturbed by the phrase in this announcement "...Protestant 
> Christianity (hereafter Christianity)..."?  I know that it is common 
> for Protestants in Korea to exclude Catholics from being Christian and 
> to consider themselves as the only Christians, but when a major US 
> institution such as Columbia and the *Journal of Korean Studies* 
> reproduces this, it seems a bit disturbing to me.  This is especially 
> in view of the fact that Catholics were strongly involved in the 
> democratisation movement and that today, Catholicism is the fastest 
> growing Christian denomination in Korea.  I think the workshop 
> organisers and the editors of the *Journal of Korean
> Studies* should be strongly encouraged either to open the workshop to 
> Catholicism (and possibly other Christian traditions like Eastern 
> Orthodoxy), or affirm in the title that this workshop is exclusively 
> centred on Protestant Christianity by using the phrase "Protestant 
> Christianity" or "Protestantism" in the title, rather than making 
> Christianity exclusively Protestant, which goes against the definition 
> of Christianity in most of the major English language dictionaries in 
> the world.
> Carl Young
> Department of History
> University of Western Ontario
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> *“Between the Sacred and the Secular: *
> *Christianity as Lived Experience in Modern Korea” *
> *For a special issue of the Journal of Korean Studies*
> *A One-day Workshop at Columbia University, November 6, 2018*
> We invite proposals for a workshop on the theme, “Between the Sacred 
> and the Secular: Christianity as Lived Experience in Modern Korea.”

> Modern Korea has been characterized as a "secular" country, but since 
> its introduction to Korea in the late nineteenth century Protestant 
> Christianity (hereafter Christianity) has long been a critical force 
> in shaping virtually every aspect of modern Korean life. Christianity 
> in Korea has been intertwined with shifting political conditions, such 
> as Western imperialism, Japanese colonialism, modern nation-state 
> building, democracy movements and neoliberalism. It has also had a 
> significant impact upon class formation, gender relations and everyday 
> life practices. Furthermore, South Korea has become a prominent player 
> in global Christianity, a leader in sending missionaries overseas. How 
> should we understand the ubiquitous presence of Christianity in 
> “secular” modern Korea? Recent scholarship suggests that the boundary 
> between the sacred/religious and the secular/material has never been 
> clear-cut; rather, it has been and remains fluid and constitutive.
> We invite proposals that shed new light on the dynamic, sometimes 
> conflicting and sometimes synergistic relationships that exist between 
> the sacred and the secular in Korea. We are particularly interested in 
> analyses that tease out the subtle but pervasive influence of 
> Christianity within the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and 
> affective domains. Taking Korea as a case study, we aim to offer 
> significant insights into the intersection of the religious with the secular, material and social.
> The workshop is being organized by the Center for Korean Research 
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