Books About the Korean Church


A History of Korean Christianity
by Sebastian Kim (Author)

With a third of South Koreans now identifying themselves as Christian, Christian churches play an increasingly prominent role in the social and political events of the Korean peninsula. Sebastian Kim and Kirsteen Kim's comprehensive and timely history of different Christian denominations in Korea includes surveys of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions as well as new church movements. They examine the Korean Christian diaspora and missionary movements from South Korea and also give cutting-edge insights into North Korea. This book, the first recent one-volume history and analysis of Korean Christianity in English, highlights the challenges faced by the Christian churches in view of Korea's distinctive and multireligious cultural heritage, South Korea's rapid rise in global economic power and the precarious state of North Korea, which threatens global peace. This History will be an important resource for all students of world Christianity, Korean studies and mission studies.


A History of Christianity in Asia: Beginnings to 1500
by Samuel Hugh Moffett (Author)

Moffett (ecumenics, emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary) begins a thorough and scholarly recounting of a neglected dimension of church history the story of Christianity in the East, where the gospel of Jesus Christ was "sown by different sowers; planted in different soil; grew with a differ.


A History of Christianity in Korea since 1945 (Korean Edition)
by Korean Christian History Society (Author)

This book is a translation of the early history of Korean Christian History Ⅰ-Ⅲ, the history of Korean Christianity after liberation, by Prof. Moon Jeong-Il, Professor Emeritus of Mokwon University. Especially American Adams (Daniel J. Adams, Korean name Hahndari) was a professor of Korea and Japan. I hope that this book will help Western people who are interested in Korean church to understand Korean modern Christian history.


Servant of Christ - Robert Jermain Thomas & Korean Revivals [Video Download]
By: Christian History

As of 2010 there are an estimated 12 million Christians in Korea. Over 100 years ago a seed was planted there that continues to grow today. In 1866 Welsh missionary to China, Robert Jermain Thomas, sailed up the Taedong River near Pyongyang, dressed in traditional Korean garb and carrying Bibles. The ship Thomas sailed upon, an American vessel, was attacked and the crew was killed. When Thomas came ashore he carried a white flag and a number of Bibles. When a Korean combatant approached him, Thomas reached out to hand the man a Bible just before the soldier brought a sword down upon his neck.


The Making of Korean Christianity: Protestant Encounters with Korean Religions, 1876-1915
By: Sung-Deuk Oak

A major catalyst for the growth of Korean Christianity occurred at the turn of the twentieth century when Western missionaries encountered the religious landscape of Korea. These first-generation missionaries have been framed as destroyers of Korean religion and culture. Yet, as Sung-Deuk Oak shows in The Making of Korean Christianity, existing Korean religious tradition also impacted the growth and character of evangelical Christianity. The melding of indigenous Korean religions and Christianity led to a highly localized Korean Christianity that flourished in the early modern era. The Making of Korean Christianity sorts fact from myth in this exhaustive examination of the local and global forces that shaped Christianity on the Korean Peninsula.


Understanding Korean Christianity

By: K. Kale Yu

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Korean Resources for Pastoral Theology
Author: James Newton Poling and HeeSun Kim

In a time of life-and-death challenges to the human spirit--global economics, nuclear dangers, environmental threats, and religious polarization and war--Christians must look for resources that provide new insights of God's power and care for all people. What are the forms of suffering and hope in the world today, and how can Christians respond with healing resources? Korean Christians have unique contributions to make to our understanding of pastoral theology and counseling. Pastoral counselors and theologians from the United States should look to the South Korean Christian churches and other Asian churches for conversation partners about the nature of care and healing in today's world. In this book, the authors explore important ideas--such as han, jeong, and salim--from Korean history and culture that can inform the healing ministries of the churches.