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Old Testament and the 21th century Korean Culture

Sung Yul Kang 1

1호남신학대학교

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ABSTRACT

The 21th century Korean society, firstly, will have the bisection of social stratum and the winner-take-all culture caused by neoliberalistic economy as the primary characteristic of itself. Secondly, the aging of population which is made by the advancements in scientific technology and medical science would be an important keyword dominating the 21th century Korean society and culture. Thirdly, the destruction of the environment or the ecological crisis going along on the worldwide global level, as a very important social issue related to the survival of the entire human race, would be a main theme of the 21th century Christian culture to which Korean churches must respond properly in faith and theology. And, fourthly, the multicultural phenomenon, which comes from the ethnical and cultural diversity of Korean society as a result of increasing influx of foreigners and immigrants, would also be a main theme calling for a swift and healthy response of Korean churches. Facing these characteristics of the 21th century Korean culture, Korean churches must have a deep concern for the formation of the desirable Korean Christian culture. Especially, Korean churches, on the one hand, must be able to react positively and creatively to the rough waves of Information Age and the rapid diffusion of Digital Culture through the prophetic insight towards the structure and nature of modern industrial society. On the other hand, Korean churches, from the perspectives of faith and theology, must be able to deal with the devastation of value system and the destruction of human dignity with the expansion of industrial society, the destruction of the environment and the ecological crisis, the growing number of people living in poverty caused by the neoliberalistic economy, the social structure of rapidly becoming an aging society and its attendant problems of generational conflicts and social disharmony, the survival and human rights of the weak foreign people, the task of social integration, and so on. To solve the above-mentioned various problems, it is required to make the Christian life style take strong root within the lives of Korean churches and Korean Christians, and to make creative development and diffusion of Christian culture possible in Korean society. In addition, Korean churches and Christians must devote their best efforts to express universal Christian values fit for the 21th century Korean sentiments in their lives and to practice and diffuse them in all their life situations-including their family lives, their workplaces, politics, economy, culture, art, and so on-with a sense of mission.

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