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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

Korean Protestantism as Viewed by Netizens: A Focus on Recent Activities of Anti-Christian Sites

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2004, v.44 no.4, pp.223-245

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Abstract

A recent online anti-Christianity campaign in Korea has been taking place against the backdrop of the rapid spread of Internet culture, a boost in “anti” culture, and Protestant fundamentalists’ aggressive missionary activity. The anti-Christianity campaign criticizes the Korean Protestant Church for its intolerance of different value systems (religious solipsism), depreciation of human reason and intelligence (God-centrism), and an attitude of blindly following Jewish tradition, to the neglect of Korean traditions and belief systems (religious toadyism). However, Protestants have not yet actively responded to this criticism. More noteworthy is the fact that productive, intellectual dialogue cannot be found between the two camps. A deeply rooted factor that prevents sincere dialogue between netizens engaged in anti-Christian drives and the fundamentalist camp of the Protestant Church is the attitudes of both sides toward religious language. While the Protestant fundamentalists take a literal approach to religion, the anti-Christianity campaign positively approaches to religion

keywords
anti-Christianity Protestant fundamentalism freedom of conscience cultural nationalism God-centrism secular humanism religious toadyism cultural pluralism netizen PrefaceOwing to the rapid proliferation of Internet access Korean society has anti-Christianity Protestant fundamentalism freedom of conscience cultural nationalism God-centrism secular humanism religious toadyism cultural pluralism netizen PrefaceOwing to the rapid proliferation of Internet access Korean society has

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