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Korean Catholicism and Protestantism: A Sourcebook

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ISBN: 9791158661175

 

Christianity, one of the major religions in Korea, is indispensible for comprehending the complex contours of Korea’s modern history. This sourcebook offers a convenient window for readers who are interested in a trajectory of Korean Christianity from its introduction to the present. It contains 62 documents on Catholicism and 64 documents on Protestantism. As a rare collection of original communiqués, letters, statements, firsthand accounts, and comments that span from 1883 to 2013, this sourcebook will surely help readers understand, through the inner voice, how Christianity has adapted itself to, influenced upon, and benefited from, the changing conditions of modern Korea. An essential reading of Korean Christianity! 

 

Nam-lin Hur

Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia

Hyeon Beom Cho

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the Academy of Korean Studies

 

Contents

Introduction: A Trajectory of Adaptation and Reflection—Korean Christianity
Part 1 Catholicism 
1. Christianity Civilizes State Politics (February 1910) 
2. History of Jadong, Okhwang, Irang, Gwanu, and Josin (December 1906) 
3. Are Humans Descendants of Monkeys? (October 1907) 
4. Betraying the Catholic Faith and the Reason for this Betrayal (January 1911) 
5. Great Suffering of Souls in Purgatory (June 1911) 
6. The Taste of Meat Is the Same on Friday (August 1912) 
7. Superstition (September 1912)
8. First Retreat for Catechists in Korea (January 1913) 
9. Statistics of the Korean Catholic Church (October 1914)
10. Work for the Salvation of Relatives (March 1916)
11. Duties of a Catechist (January 1917)
12. Questions and Answers (April 1920) 
13. World Mission Exhibition (January 1924) 
14. Do Not Be Deceived by Communist Propagandists but Avoid Them (March 1925) 
15. Promulgation of the Beatification of Korean Martyrs and Joint Message of Bishops (August 1925) 
16. About Entrance to Namdaemun Commercial School (February 1926) 
17. About the Construction of an Orphanage (April 1926) 
18. About Arguing with Protestants about Doctrine (May 1927) 
19. Special News of the Diocese of Gyeongseong (January 1929) 
20. Decisions of the Full Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (September 13–15, 1931) 
21. Joint Letter of the Catholic Bishops in Korea (March 18, 1933) 
22. About the Establishment of the Diocese of Jeonju and the Appointment of the Ordinary Bishop (July 1937) 
23. On the Subject of the Implementation of Japanese Spirit Exaltation Week (January 1939) 
24. Chinese Rites and Oath (February 1940) 
25. Joint Letter of the Prefects (February 1948) 
26. Joint Letter of Vicars (1949) 
27. Statement of the General Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in South Korea (February 1950) 
28. Message of Bishop Ro Gi-nam, Stand Up Against Communists (November 10, 1950) 
29. Joint Letter of Vicars Apostolic (October 11, 1955) 
30. Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (October 1, 1957) 
31. Joint Letter of the Bishops on Birth Control (September 26, 1960) 
32. Joint Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (November 4, 1961) 
33. Decisions of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (October 6, 1964) 
34. Joint Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (July 1965) 
35. Joint Statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (July 1967) 
36. Joint Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (November 14, 1971) 
37. Message of Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan on the Current Situation (August 15, 1972) 
38. Joint Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (February 18, 1973) 
39. Statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea about Bishop Tji Hak-sun (July 10, 1974) 
40. Joint Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (October 18, 1974) 
41. Second Declaration on the State of Affairs by the Priests’ Association for Justice (November 6, 1974) 
42. Sermon of Bishop Tji Hak-sun (February 18, 1975) 
43. Statement of the Priests’ Association for Justice (October 10, 1975)
44. Resolution of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea on Communism (May 5, 1975) 
45. Statement of the Committee for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (March 28, 1977) 
46. Homily of Most Rev. William J. McNaughton, Bishop of the Diocese of Incheon (September 12, 1977) 
47. Statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (April 10, 1978) 
48. Resolution, Statement, and Declaration of Catholic Farmers’ Prayer Meeting (April 24, 1978) 
49. Homily of Archbishop Yun Gong-hi at a Prayer Meeting for Justice and Peace (August 20, 1979) 
50. Message of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea on the Current State of Affairs (May 8, 1980) 
51. Joint Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea on the Occasion of the Bicentenary of the Korean Catholic Church (November 1983) 
52. Joint Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (July 5, 1985) 
53. Letter to the Bishop from the Priests’ Association for Justice (July 25, 1989) 
54. Message of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea on the Issue of National Reunification (July 27, 1989) 
55. Appeal of the Committee for the Lay Apostolate (August 3, 1989) 
56. Joint Pastoral Letter of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (March 8, 1992)
57. Statement of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea on the Campaign to Repeal the Revised Bill of Criminal Law Art. 135 (July 13, 1993) 
58. Pastoral Letter of the Committee for Evangelization of North Korea of the CBCK—For Reconciliation and Peaceful Unification of Korea (October 21, 1995) 
59. Message of the Justice and Peace Committee of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (December 10, 1995) 
60. Message of the Committee for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (December 5, 1999) 
61. Confession of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (December 3, 2000) 
62. Guideline of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea (October 14, 2010)
Part 2 Protestantism 
1. Confession of Faith (1883) 
2. A Korean’s Teachings on Buddhism (June 1889) 
3. An Essay on Heaven and Hell (April 1897) 
4. A Caution against Alcohol (June 1897) 
5. The Birthday of the Great Emperor (September 1898) 
6. Celebration of Christmas (December 1898) 
7. An Essay on Marriage (March 1899) 
8. Saints in the Orient also Revered God (June 1899) 
9. Doctrine Song (1901) 
10. Doctrine of Sin (July 1901) 
11. Revival Meeting (June 1904)
12. Editorial (September 1904) 
13. Smoking Tobacco Is Evil (January 1916)
14. A Heresy Prevalent among Churches Today: The Doctrine of Heaven on Earth (1926) 
15. Preface to the Inaugural Issue of Seongseo-Joseon (July 1927) 
16. Abstinence from Alcohol and Christianity (April 1930) 
17. Why Does the Anti-Christian Movement Take Place? (1931)
18. Heaven and Hell (1932) 
19. My Creed (1932) 
20. Orthodox Theology (1935)
21. How to Guide New Converts—From the Editorial Board of Jesu-Gyo Seo-Hoe (May 1935) 
22. My Prayers for Five Matters (1940)
23. Prayer for Our Nation (April 1946) 
24. The Line of the 38th Parallel and the Christian Youth (March 1948) 
25. I Repent of My Sins that I Committed under the Japanese Oppression (September 1952) 
26. The Patriotic Way (1953)
27. Our Brothers and Sisters across the Country! (May 1956) 
28. The Manifesto (October 1957) 
29. Protestant Spirit in Korea (1958) 
30. The Manifesto by the National Council of Churches in Korea (December 1959) 
31. The Believer’s Declaration (November 1965) 
32. The Situation in Vietnam and Our Attention (May 1966)
33. Society’s Corruption and the Church’s Responsibility (June 1966) 
34. The Korean Church’s Sendoff with Their Best Wishes (September 1966)
35. Liberation (1967) 
36. The Declaration of the Unification of Student Christian Movements (July 1968) 
37. For Spiritual Freedom: The Biggest Fest in Religious History? Billy Graham’s Yeouido Evangelistic Rally (May 1973) 
38. A Theological Statement of Korean Christians (November 1974) 
39. The Common Translation Bible Published (April 1977) 
40. The Confessional Declaration by the Churches in Mokpo concerning the Gwangju Civil Revolution (1980) 
41. The Korea Association for Creation Research (1981) 
42. The State of the Faith of Korean Christians (April 1981) 
43. Our View on the Arson of the U.S. Culture Center in Busan (April 1982) 
44. The Declaration at the Rally in Celebration of the Centennial of the Mission to Korea (April 1985) 
45. Women’s Declaration in Celebration of the Centennial of Korean Christianity (1985) 
46. Statement on the Purpose behind the Founding of the Christian Ethics Movement of Korea (December 1987) 
47. The Glion Declaration for the Peace and the Unification of the Korean Peninsula (January 1989) 
48. Professors Byun Sun-hwan and Hong Jung-soo’s Connections with Heretical Theology and the Unification Church Disclosed (January 1992) 
49. A Letter to the Korean Methodist Church (February 1992) 
50. Our Stance on the Building of Dan-gun Statues (October 1999) 
51. The Goal of Religion for Every Soldier (April 2002) 
52. God, Thanks for the Presence of the U.S. Military: The Rally of 80,000 Protestant Christians against the Candle Commemoration (January 2003) 
53. No to Conscientious Objectors (July 2004) 
54. The Main Culprit of the Anti-Christianity Phenomenon Accused (September 2004) 
55. The Essence of and Right Perspectives on the Afghanistan Incident? Abduction, Service, and Mission (August 2007) 
56. Christian Elders’ Emergency Declaration on the Current State of Affairs: “President, Go Hand in Hand with the People” (June 2008) 
57. A Common Declaration of Faith by the Christian Council of Korea for Cooperation and Unity (2008) 
58. Samsung Will Save Us!? (April 2010) 
59. A Letter to the People of Korea: A Letter from Christians to the People of Korea on Social Conflicts (December 2010) 
60. People of Korea, Do You Know What the Sukuk Act Is? (January 2011) 
61. Removing and Revising Textbook Sections on Avian Ancestry and the Horse Is Only a Beginning? The Humiliation of the Theory of Evolution Will Continue (June 2012) 
62. Statement: We Censure the National Intelligence Service’s Political Schemes that Undermine Democracy (June 2013) 
63. Our Stance on the 2013 Amended Tax Bill that Will Impose a Tax on Incomes Earned through Religious Employment (August 2013) 
64. Main Points from the Regular General Assemblies of Protestant Denominations (October 2013)


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