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Fools For Christ's Sake Hyun Young-Hak (1921–2004)

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In age, Hyun Young-Hak belongs to the founding generation as well. Similar to Ahn and Suh, Hyun was also strongly influenced by Western theology. However, his entry into Minjung theology was qualitatively different from those of his two more prominent colleagues. Hyun tells stories, which he interprets only very frugally in a theological way. Hyun portrays Jesus as an ambivalent figure: he is on the one hand the spirit filled with han, who arises like a shadow in his memory of experiences with the minjung, but on the other hand also the dokaebi, a Korean goblin, who tricks the people. This image of Jesus mirrors Hyuns experience with the Korean minjung. Hyun interweaves the story of Minjung theology with his own life story. Hyun Young-Hak whole-heartedly admitted that his theology is based on "feeling".

Keywords: Hyun Young-Hak; Korean minjung; Minjung theology; western theology



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