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Worship in the Presbyterian Church in Korea

Its History and Implications


Seong-Won Park

The Korean Protestant church has made an astonishing growth in the relatively short period for over a hundred years of mission history. No doubt, worship has made a major contribution to this increase. To what extent and in what sense can the worship of the Korean Presbyterian church be called Reformed? To what extent was it deformed or reformed? What kind of continuity or discontinuity has the Korean Presbyterian worship with the 16th century Geneva worship and with the historical development of Reformed worship? What would all these developments mean in terms of Reformed ethos of worship? The author tried to answer these questions through a study on history of worship in the Presbyterian Church in Korea. The answer the author found is that the Korean Presbyterian becomes more Korean by becoming more Reformed and more Reformed by becoming more Korean.
Contents: Worship of the traditional religions in Korea – Historical development of Korean Presbyterian worship from 1876 to recent years – The Great Revival Movement and Koreanization of worship – Political relevancy of worship in connection with the struggle for independence, resistance against Shinto Shrine worship and democratization – Cultural impact of worship – Assessment of the contribution of Korean Presbyterian worship to the wider Reformed communion.