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Christian Identity In The Korean Context

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This chapter introduces the Korean church- past, present, and future-with reference to the efforts to maintain Christian identity. It was easy to maintain Christian identity when the Korean church was really the small flock of Jesus Christ. It became difficult to hold onto Christian identity when there were many kinds of Christians in secular society. In the past, Korean Christians had a very clear identity as 'Bible lovers'. One of the reasons why Korean Christians cried for help was the demand of the Japanese colonial government to pay homage to the deities at the Shinto shrine. After liberation from Japan, most Koreans thanked God for giving liberation. The influence of religious pluralism and other critical attitudes are also growing in the Korean church. The Korean church does not have a future if it follows shamanistic Christianity, or Confucian Christianity, or modern Christianity, or post-modern Christianity, or religiously pluralistic Christianity.

Keywords: Bible; Christian identity; Confucian; Japanese; Korean; pluralistic; shamanistic



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