The Making of Korean Christianity

The Making of Korean Christianity

Protestant Encounters with Korean Religions, 1876-1915

Studies in World Christianity

by Sung-Deuk Oak

Imprint: Baylor University Press

437 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781602585768
  • Published: November 2015



A major catalyst for the growth of Korean Christianity occurred at the turn of the twentieth century when Western missionaries encountered the religious landscape of Korea. These first-generation missionaries have been framed as destroyers of Korean religion and culture. Yet, as Sung-Deuk Oak shows in The Making of Korean Christianity, existing Korean religious tradition also impacted the growth and character of evangelical Christianity. The melding of indigenous Korean religions and Christianity led to a highly localized Korean Christianity that flourished in the early modern era. The Making of Korean Christianity sorts fact from myth in this exhaustive examination of the local and global forces that shaped Christianity on the Korean Peninsula.

The Making of Korean Christianity was recognized by theInternational Bulletin of Missionary Research as one of the top Fifteen Outstanding Books of 2013 for Mission Studies.