Skip to comments.Why South Korea is so distinctively Christian
Posted on 08/21/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
SOUTH KOREA, a dynamo of growth, is also afire with faith. This week Pope Francis will spend five days there, for Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 early martyrs. About 5.4m of South Koreas 50m people are Roman Catholics. Perhaps 9m more are Protestants, of many stripes.
Yoido Full Gospel Churchs 1m members form the largest Pentecostal congregation on Earth. Beliefs farther shores include the Unification Church, soon to mark the anniversary of its founder Sun-myung Moons "ascension".
The late Yoo Byung-eun, the shifty and versatile tycoon behind the ferry Sewol which sank in April, killing 304 mostly teenage passengers, had also founded his own sect (and the website God.com, now in other hands); its followers hid him during Koreas largest-ever police man-hunt.
All this is particularly striking, because Asia is mostly stony ground for Christianity. Spanish rule left the Philippines strongly Catholic, but Korea is less simple.
In the 18th century curious intellectuals encountered Catholicism in Beijing and smuggled it home. Confucian monarchs, brooking no rival allegiance, executed most early converts: hence all those martyrs, ranking Korea fourth globally for quantity of saints. Protestantism came later and fared better. By the 1880s Korea was opening up, and the mainly American missionaries made two astute moves: opening the first modern schools, which admitted girls; and translating the Bible into the vernacular Hangul Korean alphabet, then viewed as infra dig, rather than the Chinese characters favoured by literati.
The seeds thus sown incubated under Japans rule (1910-45), and have sprouted wildly since. The trauma of Japanese conquest eroded faith in Confucian or Buddhist traditions: Koreans could relate to Israels sufferings in the Old Testament (no Chosen jokes, please). Yet by 1945 only 2% of Koreans were Christian.
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They have a stone monument on the beach where the first Christian missionaries came ashore. Still a lot of Buddhists there.
For shame, you have provided the Obama-like North Korean midget the clue for destroying South Korea.
Just convert South Korea to Islam. They’ll then have 1/4 the productivity of North Korea, coupled with a civil system that will reduce their productivity to that of the West Bank.
God is good, people are crazy...
I can’t help it...
The Choson People
By contract, other countries who have turned their collective backs on God and abhor Biblical principles appear to be on a one-way trip into the abyss. Culturally as well as economically.
I lived there for 3 years. They have Buddhist temples which are more than 2000 years old. You see references to Buddhism all over the place and they consider it a major part of their history.
The Christians tend to be a lot more dedicated than those in the US.
the post was bungled but it’s a good reply
Have Seoul, Let’s ROK
Very good possibility that the next generation of South Koreans are going to be spoiled, rotten brats. lol
According to the CIA Factbook Protestants in South Korea number about 12 million or 24 percent of the population. Roman Catholics number about 3.8 million or 7.6 percent of the population. Buddhists constitute 24.2 percent and NO religion numbers are roughly 21,750,000 or 43.3 percent.
I see news stories occasionally pop up of South Korean missionaries to Arab nations.
Korean Hostage was Killed for Refusing to Convert to Islam
Kim Sun-il (September 13, 1970 c. June 22, 2004) was a South Korean translator and Christian missionary who was kidnapped and executed in Iraq.
They may actually be the best outreach to the 10-40 band, because it isn’t evil white imperialists but a closer ethnicity.
This sure illustrates the importance of Missionary work.
It is set atChristmas Time.