Korean Religions in Relation

Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity

Edited by Anselm K. Min

Subjects: Asian Religion And Philosophy, Korean Studies, Comparative Religion, Buddhism, Confucianism
Series: SUNY series in Korean Studies
Paperback : 9781438462769, 336 pages, July 2017
Hardcover : 9781438462752, 336 pages, November 2016

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Table of contents

Professor Wi Jo Kang: A Tribute
A Note on Romanization

1. A Relational Approach to the Study of Korean Religions: An Overview
Anselm K. Min

Part I. Buddhism and Confucianism: Accommodation and Conflict

2. Interactions between Buddhism and Confucianism in Medieval Korea
Jongmyung Kim

3. Philosophical Aspects of the Goryeo-Joseon Confucian-Buddhist Confrontation: Focusing on the Works of Jeong Dojeon (Sambong) and Hamheo Deuktong (Gihwa)
A. Charles Muller

Part II. Confucianism and Catholicism: Conflict and Assimilation

4. Catholic God and Confucian Morality: A Look at the Theology and Ethics of Korea’s First Catholics
Don Baker

5. On the Family Resemblance of Philosophical Paradigm: Between Dasan’s Thought and Matteo Ricci’s Tianzhu Shiyi
Young-bae Song

Part III. Protestantism and Korean Religions: Exclusion and Assimilation

6. A Genealogy of Protestant Theologies of Religions in Korea, 1876–1910: Protestantism as a Religion of Civilization and Fulfillment
Sung-Deuk Oak

7. What Can Christianity Learn from Korean Religions? The Case of Ryu Yongmo
Young-Ho Chun
Part IV. Confucianism, Christianity, and the Challenges of the Modern World

8. Resurgence of Asian Values: Confucian Comeback and Its Embodiment in Christianity
Namsoon Kang

9. Korean Confucianism and Women’s Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century
Un-sunn Lee

10. Confucianism at a Crossroads: Confucianism and Democracy in Korea
Young-chan Ro

11. Between Tradition and Globalization: Korean Christianity at a Crossroads
Anselm K. Min


Examines Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity in Korea, focusing on their mutual accommodation, exclusion, conflict, and assimilation.


Instead of simply being another survey of the three dominant religions in contemporary Korea—Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity—this unique book studies them in relation to each other in terms of assimilation, accommodation, conflict, and exclusion. The contributors focus on major issues that have historically challenged the relations between the three religions from the Goryeo period to the present and how each religion has responded to them. The essays bring a new perspective to the study of Korean religions, one that is especially pertinent in the current age of religious pluralism with all its tensions.

Anselm K. Min is Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University and the author and editor of many books, including Dialectic of Salvation: Issues in Theology of Liberation, also published by SUNY Press.


"…a welcome contribution to the body of knowledge regarding multi-layered Korean religions. The volume's ten essays offer different approaches to Korean religions, bringing us one step closer to a contemporary re-thinking of the Korean religious tradition. " — Reading Religion