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A Plea For A Survival-Liberation Centered Syncretism Chung Hyun-Kyung (*1956)

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Chung Hyun-Kyung created a major stir with her presentation at the 7th General Assembly of the WCC in Canberra 1991. The very fact that she was invited to give one of the two keynote speeches on the theme "Come, Holy Spirit-Renew the Whole Creation", had already made her overnight the first internationally-renowned representative of the second generation of Minjung theologians. When Chung describes the ongoing process of contextualization as "syncretism", she revaluates a notion which was used in discussions up till then mostly in a pejorative sense; this has also been used to disparage her. The popularizing tone of her dissertation reverberates in four books in Korean which were written for a broader public and have been well received. Her professorship at Union gave Chung finally the space to return to Korea regularly and mingle freely with the women's movement there.

Keywords: Chung Hyun-Kyung; Minjung theologians; syncretism



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