College of Liberal Arts

Korean history scholar examines Christianity and the transformation of religion in Korea

Friday Feb 18, 2011 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH) 4.118

The Center for East Asian Studies presents a talk on Christianity and the transformation of religion in Korea by Don Baker, professor of Korean civilization at the University of British Columbia.

Much has been written to describe and explain how much Korea changed politically and economically over the course of the 20th century. Much less attention has been paid to the equally dramatic transformation of Korea’s religious culture, which includes an increase in the percentage of the population that says it has a specific religious affiliation from below 3 percent in 1900 to over 53 percent now, the emergence of many new religions, and a rise in religious nationalism (the assertion that Korea is now the spiritual guide the rest of the world should turn to). Professor Baker's talk explores how the addition of Christianity to Korea's religious landscape is a major reason for that transformation. 

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