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Title: Authority in the Korean pastoral leadership : as focused on the Korean Presbyterian church
Author: Lee, In-Ho
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2002
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he thesis argues that the crisis of pastoral authority and leadership in the Korean Church has come about because of authoritarianism. Authoritarianism pervades Korean pastoral leadership. It causes many problems of dysfunction in the Korean Church. Authoritarianism in the Korean pastoral leadership has been influenced by elements of Korean culture such as Shamanism and Confucianism, military culture and the Korean Christian heritage. While authority in these cultures is also explored and encouraged in this thesis, it is authoritarianism, usurping the place of authority, which has spread to the present Korean pastoral leadership. Authority, which in itself is neither good nor bad, can become authoritarianism, which is bad for both sides. It is unfortunate that authority itself is often misunderstood as authoritarianism. There will be no hope or healthy future for the church which has an authoritarian attitude or cast of mind. Therefore authoritarianism should be rooted out of the Korean pastoral leadership. When it goes, it leaves room for authority to take its place; where there is authority, there is an authoritative leadership. The author suggests a "leadership of biunf as an authoritative leadership; bium, meaning emptying or getting rid of, implies preparation for fulfilment. The target of bium, of course, is "authoritarianism."
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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