Karl Barth's Reception in Korea: Focusing on Ecclesiology in by Young-Gwan Kim

By Young-Gwan Kim

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., manhattan, Oxford, Wien. This ebook describes the original dating among Christianity and Confucianism. Korean Confucianism performed an incredible position within the explosive progress of the Christian group and supplied a easy origin for the reception of Barth's theology in Korea. the writer analyses even if Barth's ecclesiology, particularly his theology of challenge, can pay enough recognition to diverse cultures and religions; and even if Barth's Christocentric theology is suitable with Korean Confucianism. Contents: The Reception of Karl Barth's Theology in Korea - An Account of The heritage and improvement of Christianity in Korea and The function of Confucianism in its fast development - The features of Karl Barth's Theology and His Christocentric Ecclesiology - The Indigenization of Karl Barth's Christocentric Ecclesiology in Korean Christian concept: Sung-Bum Yun's Theology of Sung.

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18 It is still believed that Choi was the first Korean Confucian scholar to bring early Christian literature to Korea. This argument is supported by E. A. Gordon in her work entitled Some Recent: Discoveries in Korean Temple and Their Relationship to Early Eastern Christianity (1914) and later by Timothy Richard in Forty Five Years in China (1916). Kenneth S. Latourette summarizes this controversy in The Development of Japan (1926). A. C. Moule’s work entitled Christians in China before the Year 1500 (1930), discusses the Korean Confucian scholar’s early contact with Eastern Christianity in China.

Confucian social ethics were incorporated into the codes of conduct for the hwarang, a knightly organization consisting of aristocratic youth. 12 We must note that the Silla government established a state examination to recruit officials in 788, which was only open to the aristocracy. Questions in the examination included Confucian classics and history. Since Korea is located at the centre of Northeast Asia, lying between the Sea of Japan on the east and the Yellow Sea of China on the West,13 many Sillian students went to China to study and ultimately to prepare for this official examination.

James S. Gale, Korea in Transition, 101–102. 61 The positive aspects of the Confucian influence upon Korean people, as James B. 62 Another factor that needs to be mentioned is the endurance of hardship. It provided the Korean people with the inspiration and strength to enable them to put up with their severe suffering, caused by invasion, wars and disputes with surrounding countries. Interestingly, Korea has been a highway of civilization and culture in times of peace, but a battleground in times of war.

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