Scholars says about Mass-Popular Culture Age characteristic in these times. And there are so many argues and discusses about popular culture movement. This paper also a study on that subject. But its base is different: Christian ethical view, especially Augustinian perspective. As H. R. Niebuhr says, Augustinian view is an alternative in Christ and Culture. But this paper argues Niebuhr's interpretation on Augustine has something wrong or short points. Augustine thought that culture in popular context must not to be not transformed as Niebuhr but criticized from the view of civitas Dei. Culture has some merits in aspects of humanity and morality. But it is not perfect. The only genuine perfection will be achieved in civitas Dei. In this meaning, Augustine's view is not unfulfilled as Niebuhr's view but realistic and dialectic to popular culture in his times in this paper's view.Now, conclusion and proposal of this paper could be summarized as these: (1)Christian ethics must try to develop more wide and realistic view besides Niebuhr's theory. (2)Christian ethics must do its unique concern about desirable alternative in popular culture.
How can cultural studies be utilized to enrich biblical studies, and how can biblical interpretation extend the boundary of cultural studies? How can these questions be addressed in the Korean context in theory and in practice? With these questions in mind, this paper examines the two representative figures of each field, Stuart Hall and Mary Tolbert. After establishing the relevance of this project on the basis of inter-disciplinary characteristics of cultural studies, I describe the two scholars' works in each setting. Stuart Hall is illuminated through his strategy of "articulation" among social groups, ideologies, and practices. He builds upon Althusser and Gramsci to found a cultural understanding of social formations and to extend geographical boundary of cultural studies. Hall's scholarship is compared with Mary Tolbert's "politics and poetics of location." She combines the strategic merit of essentialism with sensibilities of postmodernism to found a non-essentialistic way of cultural practice and solidarity. From this analysis, she proceeds to her hermeneutics as rhetoric and poetics as ethics. This paper concludes with a proposition for a Korean Christian cultural studies through biblical studies.
한국의 기독교인들은 다 종교사회 문화 속에서 생활 하고 있다. 기독교인들을 둘러 싸고 있는 샤머니즘신자 불교도들 그리고 유학자들과 한국의 기독교인들은 다양한 사회 문화적 방면에서 상호작용을 한다. 이들은 우리의 어버이, 친구, 친척들이며 이들과 함께 우리는 생활하고 교류한다. 이 논문은 다 종교적 사회인 한국적 상황에서 기독교인들이 타종교인들과 선교적 관점에서 대화하고 교류하기 위해 어떠한 성서적, 신학적 입장으로 종교간의 대화에 임해야 하는지를 이론적인 측면 뿐만 아니라 실천적 측면에서 연구하였다.
Now you and I are in a divorce revolution, and it appears no couple is exempt. Every marriage is in danger. The divorce rate shows no signs of slowing down, and marriage as we've known it fast become obsolete. As a result of that, we are experiencing an epidemic of unnecessary divorces in which the children are the major losers. And the breakdown of the family is at the root of nearly every other social problem and pathology.The purpose of this thesis is to restore churches and society to an understanding and practice of marriage as covenant by applying timeless principle of God's Word. In order to do that, I will do a comparative study on the two concepts, contract and covenant.The challenge I would like to give is for all every couple to examine their definition of marriage with the understanding that it must be more than a contract or even a commitment. It must be a covenant. A covenant is all about relationship, and it stays in effect until death. Without a covenant with your spouse, your marriage is without hope and also without God. By willingly taking covenant's "walk of death," you become one with God, and by his Spirit at work within you, you become one with your mate. As I believe, nothing is more transforming than knowing what it means to be in a covenant relationship with God and with your mate. The understanding of marriage as a covenant has the potential to revolutionize your relationship with your spouse.Therefore, We must reaffirm marriage as a viable institution and reestablish the traditional, biblical concept of marriage as a sacred and permanent covenant.
Labor has to be a subject of avoidance to many people in the oriental as well as in the western society. Labor had played the role of upholding basis to the society during the past agricultural age, but offered his part to capital in the changing process into the industrial society. Transforming the industrial society into knowledge-information society, in the recent years, knowledge and information is transferring the place of capital progressively. Such a result, the value of labor is also depreciating gradually. The purpose of this paper is to examine the biblical viewpoint of labor. We investigate, for this purpose, how the privilege and responsibility of labor has been changed and will be changed in the framework of "Creation - Fall - Redemption - Consummation" in chapter II. And we compare the secular standpoint and the biblical standpoint on labor and present their implications in chapter III. In the last part of the paper, we, on the basis of discussions mentioned above, review the attitude on labor God's stewards ought to observe. In conclusion, we have to recall that what we are to become workers is not derived from Fall, but Creation and that labor was not a curse, but a blessing from the first.
The purpose of this paper is to reflect ethically on cloning of human embryos from a bio-perspective. The issues of pro and con of ethical judgement about cloning of human embryos have been confronted. We need to ethical agreement about the cloning of human embryos. Many Scientists say about the meruts of cloning and the possibilities of genetic therapy. Nevertheless, we can not ignore the risk of cloning technology. Because the experiment and research of human embryos runs the risk of dehumanization through the infringement on human dignity.There are three viewpoint about human embryos ; full personhood, property of progenitors, a potential human being. We, ethicists must study on these positions from bio-ethical perspective. And we note cloning of human embryos is not only a problem of ‘prohibition’ but also of ‘the extent or content of regulation’.