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Title: The formation and development of Korean pentecostalism from the viewpoint of a dynamic contextual theology
Author: Chong Hee, Jeong
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2001
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This thesis aims to analyse the formation and development of Korean Pentecostalism from the perspective of a dynamic contextual theology that constructs the identity of Korean Pentecostalism on the basis on the healing of han. Chapter 1 surveys the institutional, traditional, cultural and historical origins and backgrounds to situate the study of Korean Pentecostalism. It then examines the hermeneutical categories of two important theologians, Ryu Tong Shik and Yun Seong Bum, who developed the concept of "indigenization" to its extremes and even deconstructed it theologically. In contrast minjung theologians did practically what in Ryu and Yun still remained a theological concept. They, however, in reacting against Western cultural concepts and oppressions were imprisoned by Western categories. A deepening and partly alternative to both of them is given by approaching a "dynamic contextual theology." The ground for this type of theology is laid by the description of its development in the next two chapters. Chapter 2 explores the historical formation and development of the contextual healing of han in historical perspectives (1880s-1940s) during the Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, and the Japanese occupation. Since the evangelical missionaries' brought an eschatological hope, Korean Charismatic Movement (1903-1907) is characterised as the healing of han. After that, the importance of the healing of han in the Charismatic development can be seen from three important examples, namely three pastors: Kil Seon Ju's eschatological healing, Kirn Ik Du's miraculous healing, and Yi Yong Do's cross-centred healing. It developed as a contextual healing movement, led by the "Holy Spirit," prior to the introduction of the divine healing ministry of the Pentecostal denominations. Chapter 3 elucidates the Pentecostal denominational development of the contextual healing of han after the Korean War (1950s-1980s). In particular, since the Pentecostal missionaries' brought divine healing, and the Yoido Full Gospel Church contextually developed through Cho Yong Gi's the threefold healing of han. Chapter 4 summarises the previous chapters and draws out critical implications of the results of this study. Korean Pentecostalism can be symbolised as a series of colours in the rainbow of worldwide Pentecostalism with creative, although not unproblematic dynamic contextual theologies in both historical and theological perspectives.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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