Since Christianity was introduced to Korea more than a century ago, one of the most controversial issues has been the Korean term for the Christian God. This issue is not merely about naming the Christian God in Korean language, but it relates to the question of theological contextualization--the relationship between the gospel and culture--and the question of Korean Christian identity. Naming God in Korea examines the theological contextualization of the concept of God in the contemporary Korean context and applies the translatability of Christianity to that context. In this book Sung-wook Hong not only examines questions of contextualization. He also demonstrates the nature of the gospel's relationship to human cultures, that is, the universality of the gospel expressed in all human cultures.
Endorsements & Reviews-
"Hong's findings affirm the universality of the Gospel and its translatability in all cultures. I commend this work enthusiastically." Vinay Samuel Director Emeritus Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
"This book is an outstanding analysis of the theological contextualization of the concept of 'God' in the context of Korean Christianity. Truly fascinating!" Sung Wook Chung Associate Professor of Theology Denver Seminary
"In East Asia there has often been controversy over the right terms to use when referring to the God of the Scriptures. Korea is, as Dr Hong shows in this rich study, a particularly fascinating--and instructive--case." From the Foreword by Andrew Walls University of Edinburgh
Sung-wook Hong is Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Anayang, Korea, and teaches missiology at various universities. He is the author or coauthor of four books.