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Title: Mission in unity : an investigation into the question of unity as it has arisen in the Presbyterian Church of Korea and its world mission
Author: Ahn, K. S.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2008
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There is an imbalance of literature on church, mission, and unity. It has often been argued the three are so close they can no longer be understood separately; scholars began to use the term ‘mission and unity’ or ‘mission in unity’. However, few, if any, works approach individual national or denominational church history in this comprehensive way. This study is an attempt to fill the gap on the issue of unity in Korean Christianity, particularly the Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK).  The PCK has responded to various foreign challenges in an indigenous way, on the one hand, and has struggled with its own indigenous problems, both ecclesiastical and socio-political, on the other. This study is to examine the process of indigenisation of the issue of unity in the PCK. Centring on the PCK, there have been four simultaneous histories: the church history of the PCK, the mission history of the missions, both expatriate and indigenous, and the ecumenical movement; and the interaction between these histories is indispensable to understand the issue of unity.  Through various ecclesiastical and socio-political challenges, the ecumenicity of the PCK continues to grow, although slowly and incompletely, and thus the PCK is expected to play a role of a bridge-builder, as a divided unifier, in the polarised church and the conflict ridden world.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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