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2006, Vol., No.12

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    Rediscovery of Church: from mammoth events to ethical maturity

    Moon, Si Young | 2006, (12) | pp.7~28 | number of Cited : 0
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    Studies on the essence and mission of church is main subject of theology. Specially, study on mission and vision of Korean Church is very important for tomorrow of church. The purpose of this paper is to study the ethical task for desirable image of the future of Korean church. Many Christians in Korea eager to revive the glorious honor and joyfulness of Pyeong-yang Great Revival in 1907. Christians in Korea think that the method of revival is to gather so many people through a mammoth events. But the reality is not so good. Nowadays, church of Korea stopped to growing and faced at social criticism. The causes of these problems would be various. This paper empathize the factor of morality of Christian in Korea. Church and Christians are situated at anti-Christian tendency. Many people blame Christians and church because of some moral problems of church leaders. There would be meaningful criticism for reflection and be one-sided blame to Christianity also.Now, this paper focused on two points; (1) the main factor of crisis is ethical problems of Christian and Church in Korea. (2) the genuine method of overcoming of crisis is to 'let church be church'. As S. Hauerwas says, church is social ethics itself. And church must recover its moral uniqueness in this libertarian society. Also Church must be an alternative in morally confused age and recover the tradition of Gospel-narrative for peace-making in the age of war and violence. And the practical task of revival is to make church and Christian to be an ethically mature Christian. The most important thing to practice is to do morally in many areas of Christian life. Especially ministrial ethics and ethical ministry must be realized by moral ministers. Through various moral practices church of Korea could be revived. In this meaning, the most urgent task is not gathering mammoth events but reviving the ethical authority of church.
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    A Study on the Relationship between Anticommunism and Korean Church

    Yong-Hun Jo | 2006, (12) | pp.55~73 | number of Cited : 2
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    This study aims to investigate the historical background of the anticommunistic position of the Korean Church. Now anticommunism is no more considered to be as a taboo in the Korean society. The Korean Church, however, is regarded as the most vehement anticommunist group among the institutions of the Korean society, and this will be an obstacles for the integration of society as well as for the future of reunification of Korea. By 1920s, there were no conflicts between the socialists and the church leaders in Korea, because they had a common goal, namely liberation from the Japanese colonialism. In the 1930s, the Korean Church had an inclination to keep individualistic and mystical faith, and the socialists began to criticize her and persecuted Christians living in the district of Manchuria in China. This made a gap between the socialists and the Christians. The Korean war left the psychological scar to the Christians and strengthened the anticommunistic position of churches. To the Christians, the communists were regarded as the Satan or Anti-Christ to fight against, not to be reconciled with. The anticommunism played a core role not only in the split of the Korean society, but also in the Korean Church. In the 1950s and 1960s, the theological fundamentalists condemned the liberalists or moderatists as anticommunists and justified their separatistic attitude. Today, this anticommunistic position of the Korean Church are expressing more openly in a way of a mass demonstration with the so-called prayer times for the nation. However, the gospel that Christians should love the enemy challenges the anticommunistic position of the Korean Church to reflect their ideological position to cope with the coming post-ideological age and the new tasks of the reunification of nation.
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    A Study on a point of view Marriage in early Korean Protestant Church

    Ji Seok O | 2006, (12) | pp.75~96 | number of Cited : 4
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    This study focuses on the importance of marriage's roles in early Korean church and Annie L. Baird's Two Short Stories(고영규젼, 부부의 모본). Annie L. Baird's Two Short Stories emphasized self-identity and marriage. This narratives based on christian ethics. During the 1890's~1910's Korean-christian faced on problems of marriage. There ware long-standing custom of early marriage and concubinage in this country. Korean Churches's leaders had set themeselves to solve these problems. But it was not easy.For that reason Annie L. Baird attempted to solve it. It is the very narratives that she wrote Two Short Stories. In that place she had bring up the subject of marriage in Korea and Korean Church. And she said to ideal husband and wife. This is that Korean Church's leaders define one’s position about marriage. This study aims to investigate the possibility of Narrative Ethics as examining that Annie L. Baird's Two Short Stories.
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    A Study on the Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Surrogacy

    Hee-Soo Kim | 2006, (12) | pp.99~122 | number of Cited : 0
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    There is no law or legal guidelines about surrogacy in Korea. Peoples' opinions on surrogacy are mixed. According to statistics, about 80% of the Koreans in Korea are against it, but still about 20% of the Korean population are in favor of it. This 20% of Koreans say that they would choose surrogacy in order to ensure they have a baby who inherits their own genes if they were otherwise incapable of pregnancy. About 43,000 babies were born through surrogacy in Korea in 2005. But there are so many ethical and legal issues related to surrogacy. Examples of these issues include the difficulty of judging parental rights, the danger of the destruction of kinship structure, exploitation of the right of the surrogate mother, acquisition of babies by way of monetary dealing, colonialization of the womb, production and destruction of embryos, eugenic tests of the embryos, and the production of designed babies. This article will focuss on analysing these issues and suggest ways to solve these problems.
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    A Survey on the integral theory in the dialogue between Science and Religion for Responsible Ethics

    YiJongWon | 2006, (12) | pp.153~179 | number of Cited : 0
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    The purpose of this paper emphasizes the perspective of integrated approach in the dialogue between science and religion by surveying various relations. Ian G. Barbour proposed a fourfold typology as an aid to sorting out the great variety of ways in which people have related science and religion. That is Conflict, Independence, Dialogue, and Integration. The perspective of integrated approach seeks more systematic and extensive partnership between science and religion. There is a hypothetical consonance, a theology of nature, process of philosophy, and confirmation in the integrated approach. This approach holds that nature is understood to be a dynamic and interdependent evolutionary process.Philip Hefner holds that we are created co-creator in an ongoing process of continuing creation. Evolution is God's way of creating free creatures and thereby opening up further creative possibilities. So we are creatures of nature and culture, conditioned by genes and previous history. As co-creators, we have freedom and the capacity to seek new directions. And, we can participate in this process in a responsible way.Therefore these attempts to make sense of both religion and science constitute one of our major resources for understanding and expressing our human life today. Understanding the responsible in the perspective of christian social ethics can be more viable and richer life on our planet today.
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