The Spirit Moves West: Korean Missionaries in America
With the extraordinary growth of Christianity in the global south has come the rise of “reverse missions,” in which countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America send missionaries to re-evangelize the West. In The Spirit Moves West, Rebecca Kim focuses on South Korea as a case study of how non-Western missionaries evangelize Americans, particularly white Americans. Known as the “Asian Protestant Superpower,” South Korea now sends more missionaries abroad than any country except the United States; there are approximately 22,000 Korean missionaries in over 160 countries. Drawing on four years of in-depth interviews, participant observation, and surveys of South Korea’s largest non-denominational missionary-sending agency, University Bible Fellowship, Rebecca Kim gives us an inside look at reverse missions. Conducting her research both in the US and South Korea, she studies the motivations and methods of Korean evangelicals who have sought to “bring the gospel back” to America since the 1970s. She also explores how a mission movement from the global South could evolve over time in the West. The Spirit Moves West is the first empirically-grounded examination of a much-discussed phenomenon, which concludes by considering what the future of non-Western, especially Korean, missions will bring.
About the Author
Rebecca Y. Kim is the Frank R. Seaver Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Ethnic Studies program at Pepperdine University.
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The Declaration Toward A Global Ethic was adopted by the Parliament of the World’s Religions on 4 September 1993. The term GLOBAL ETHIC refers to a set of common moral values and ethical standards which are shared by the different faiths and cultures. In bringing out the book Gateway to World Religions, Asiapac Books affirms our support towards “Declaration on Religious Harmony”. We aim to help promote harmony through helping readers to understand the core beliefs, values and practices of various religions here and worldwide. No man is an island. This saying is never more true than in today’s world. Within our multicultural, multiracial society, we would have friends and neighbours – and maybe even relatives! – who practise a different religion to ours. Therefore, a basic understanding and appreciation of the many religions around is necessary to enhance neighbourliness and promote peace and harmony in all societies. This book on 12 of the world’s major religions (as well as primal religions) showcases their main aspects and characteristics. While it does not attempt to cover every detail about each religion, there is hopefully sufficient information here to encourage you to embark on a personal journey to learn more about religions other than your own. Differences among the religions are explained, as similarities become apparent. Sharing such knowledge can pave the way to inter-religious understanding and cohesion. It is with this understanding and knowledge that we can accept and appreciate the diversity, richness – and relevance – of all the major religions practiced by our fellow human beings.
After Migration and Religious Affiliation : Religions, Chinese Identities and Transnational Networks
This is a timely book that fills the gap in the study of Chinese overseas and their religions in the global context. Rich in ethnographic materials, this is the first comprehensive book that shows the transnational religious networks among the Chinese of different nationalities and between the Chinese overseas and the regions in China. The book highlights diverse religious traditions including Chinese popular religion, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam, and discusses inter-cultural influences on religions, their localization, their significance to cultural belonging, and the transnational nature of religious affiliations and networking.
About the Author
Eric Metaxas is the “New York Times” #1 bestselling author of “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy” and the acclaimed “Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, (“”spectacular*… a crackling bonfire of truth and clarity.**”). His books have been translated into over 20 languages. After graduating Yale with an English degree, he published humor in the “New York Times “and the “Atlantic” and was a writer for Rabbit Ears Productions and VeggieTales. He has written over thirty children’s books, including the best-sellers, “Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving” and “It’s Time to Sleep, My Love, “illustrated by Nancy Tillman. Metaxas speaks to tens of thousands around the United States and internationally each year. He was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast and at the 2013 Canadian National Prayer Breakfast, and he has testified before Congress on anti-Semitism in Europe. Metaxas is the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on “Life, God, and other small topics,” featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Dr. Francis Collins, N.T. Wright, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Dick Cavett, and Sir John Polkinghorne, among many others. He is a senior fellow and lecturer-at-large at The King’s College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. You can visit his website at www.ericmetaxas.com. * “The Christian Century” ** “Books & Culture”