Details of November’s Global Korea Lecture at the Cultural Centre:
Tuesday 24th November 2009, 6.30pm
Subject: Ch’udo yebae: Christian Accommodation to Korean Ancestral Rites
Speaker: Professor James H. Grayson (School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield)
Venue: Multi-purpose Hall, Korean Cultural Centre
According to the 2005 Korean Household and Population Census, Christians now represent nearly 30 per cent of the Korean national population. How do we account for this rapid development from the beginnings of the Church? One major stumbling block to the acceptance of Christianity was the Christian view that Confucian ancestral rituals were idolatrous. Consequently Christians could not participate in them. Korean Protestant Christians, within 10 years of the beginning of missionary activity, had developed their own unique response – a Christian ritual substituting for Confucian rites. Prof. Grayson will give an illustrated talk describing the creation and development of this substitute rite.
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