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Contextual Challenges Minjung Theology In Intercultural Perspective

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The title phrase contextual challenges is equivocal. The Christian community in Korea was challenged by the socio-economic and political situation under the military dictatorship. Taken together the five preceding biographical-theological sketches allow the author to give an overview of how the web was rewoven in Minjung theology. By taking over the concept of &t;sinned againstness&t;, Minjung theologians highlighted the social dimension of the doctrine on human sin. Suffering (han) is the generative theme at the core of Minjung theology. During the resultant discussion the meaning that the Korean theologians assigned to the concept of Minjung proved to be most controversial. The discussion about present and future eschatology-which could have served as a bridge within the debate-seemed to have been forgotten. The fundamental misunderstanding about the subjecthood of the Minjung is the result of a diverging understanding of theology between the two partners in dialogue.

Keywords: Christian community; contextual challenges; Korea; Minjung Theology



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