Religion and Society in Contemporary Korea

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Lancaster, Lewis R., and Richard Payne, eds.
Korea Research Monograph 24
1998. 296 pp.
ISBN 1-55729-055-5

An essential characteristic of contemporary Korean society and culture is the multireligious situation. Confucianism, Buddhism, and Christianity have each maintained positions of power in Korea. Each vies for the allegiance of the people, but none has been able to secure a dominant place in the current Korean culture and value system. Thus, Korea is unique in that three of the major world religions are functioning equally as living cultural forces. The ten essays in this book examine each of these forces (as well as shamanism and New Religions) and project possible outcomes of conflict or cooperation.

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