Heredity in Korean Churches

Yong-Shin Park, Professor of sociology emeritus,Yonsei University in Korea

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The emergence of Protestant Christianity introduced by American missionaries in late 19th century influenced various reform movements aimed at reconstituting Korean society. Today, five of the ten largest Protestant churches as well as the largest mega-church in the world are said to be in South Korea. The speaker, however, argues that it appears to have lost its social transformative potential, and often the churches are enmeshed in heredity scandals and calumniations. The speaker will examine the causes of these phenomina.

Yong-Shin Park is professor of sociology emeritus at Yonsei University, Korea. His area of interest includes social theory, historical sociology, and social movements. He directed the Yonsei Institute of Korean Studies, and co-founded an interdeiscplinary journal, Hyonsang-gwa-inshik. He takes part in ecological movements as a member of World Without Nuclear Power and Green Korea United where he served as president (2000-2011).

Friday, May 04, 2012 | 12:00 pm — 1:15 pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor