It is hard to believe that little more than fifty years ago Korea was a poor agrarian country. And you reflect: and what does the explosive growth of the economy and the explosive growth of Christians in Korea over the past five decades?
Koreans say that South Korea today is a country where the fastest in the world the number of Christians increases. Primarily Protestant. In Seoul there is a Presbyterian Church, which has 150,000 members. Let me explain: some Protestant denominations, as I understand it, profess the principle of “one parish, one Church”.
I mean, 150,000 people belong only to that Church, only to this particular community and are aware of themselves as a separate Church. And call themselves the second largest in Seoul (and, hence, in South Korea). The largest is another Protestant community, which includes 500,000 people.
Explain to me the difference between the most common in Korea Protestant denominations — Presbyterians, Baptists, Pentecostals, Methodists, etc. — I asked the former rector of the Presbyterian College and theological Seminary in Seoul, Professor young-Il Jang.
He replied that for Koreans there is no fundamental difference — not in the sense of formally documented by the unity of creeds, but rather at the level of personal feelings. The Baptists make Continue reading