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The Lutheran Church and Lutheran Theology in Korea

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Abstract:  Lutheranism came to Korea with the American military chaplaincy of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in conjunction with the Korean War. The initial aim of these chaplains was to help the Koreans to improve their living conditions and to further their acquaintance with the Christian message. The main proponent of Lutheranism was Won Yong Ji, who for many years held a dual appointment at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and at the Luther Seminary in Korea. His brother, Won‐Sang Ji, was the first president of the Lutheran Church in Korea. Though the church has fewer than fifty congregations—most Protestant Christians are Presbyterians—its theological influence is significant.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Hans Schwarz has been Professor of Systematic Theology and Contemporary Theological Issues at the University of Regensburg, Germany, since 1981. He previously taught at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. More than half a dozen of his former doctoral students teach in Korea.

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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