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Glocalization of "Christian Social Responsibility": The Contested Legacy of the Lausanne Movement among Neo-Evangelicals in South Korea

Title
Glocalization of "Christian Social Responsibility": The Contested Legacy of the Lausanne Movement among Neo-Evangelicals in South Korea
Authors
Suh, Myung-Sahm
Ewha Authors
서명삼
SCOPUS Author ID
서명삼scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
RELIGIONS
ISSN
2077-1444JCR Link
Citation
RELIGIONS vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 1391 - 1410
Keywords
glocalizationgenerationLausanne movementneo-evangelicalismChristian RightEvangelical LeftSouth Korea
Publisher
MDPI AG
Indexed
AHCI; SCOPUS WOS
Document Type
Article
Abstract
This paper examines the contested legacy of the First Lausanne Congress in South Korean neo-evangelical communities. In response to growing political and social conflicts in the Global South during the 1960s and 1970s, thousands of evangelical leaders from more than 150 countries gathered at Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1974 to discuss the proper relationship between evangelism and social action. The meeting culminated with the proclamation of the Lausanne Covenant, which affirmed both evangelism and public involvement as essential elements of the Christian faith. However, the absence of practical guidelines in the Covenant opened the door for all sorts of evangelical social activism, whether from the Evangelical Right or the Evangelical Left, for years to come. In light of such diverse ramifications of the Congress at both the global and local level, this paper explores the various ways in which the idea of Christian social responsibility has been interpreted and implemented by two distinct generations of neo-evangelical social activists in contemporary South Korea in relation to their respective socio-historical experiences of the Cold War and the 1980s democratic movement.
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DOI
10.3390/rel6041391
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