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Korean Religions in Relation: Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity ed. by Anselm K. Min (review)

Korean Religions in Relation: Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity ed. by Anselm K. Min (review) Book Review Korean Religions in Relation: Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, edited by Anselm K. Min, Albany: SUNY Press, 2016, 319 pp. This interesting and pioneering collection of essays by Anselm K. Min displays a gamut of strong interest in Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity as found in Korean religious traditions. What is most distinctive about this essay collection is its relational approach. Unlike other books or anthologies in the field, this work considers Korean religions ‘‘in their mutual relations’’ (p. 1), relations chiefly involving ‘‘conflict and exclusion, practical accommodation, assimilation and dialogues’’ (p. 2). Notably, Shamanism, the traditional Korean animism, is not covered in the book (the editor himself regretfully acknowledges omitting it due to limitations of time and space). Also conspicuously lacking is any discussion of religions during the early period of Korean history, i.e., the Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla periods. The essays are divided into four parts following a tribute to Professor Wi Jo Kang, a preface, and the editor’s introduction. Part I contains chapters by Jongmyung Kim and A. Charles Muller. In chapter 2, entitled ‘‘Interactions between Buddhism and Confucianism in Medieval Korea,’’ Kim provides valuable insights into the medieval kingdom of Koryŏ. A conventional view among http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Korean Religions University of Hawai'I Press

Korean Religions in Relation: Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity ed. by Anselm K. Min (review)

Journal of Korean Religions , Volume 8 (1) – May 24, 2017

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © Institute for the Study of Religion, Sogang University, Korea
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2093-7288
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2167-2040

Abstract

Book Review Korean Religions in Relation: Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, edited by Anselm K. Min, Albany: SUNY Press, 2016, 319 pp. This interesting and pioneering collection of essays by Anselm K. Min displays a gamut of strong interest in Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity as found in Korean religious traditions. What is most distinctive about this essay collection is its relational approach. Unlike other books or anthologies in the field, this work considers Korean religions ‘‘in their mutual relations’’ (p. 1), relations chiefly involving ‘‘conflict and exclusion, practical accommodation, assimilation and dialogues’’ (p. 2). Notably, Shamanism, the traditional Korean animism, is not covered in the book (the editor himself regretfully acknowledges omitting it due to limitations of time and space). Also conspicuously lacking is any discussion of religions during the early period of Korean history, i.e., the Three Kingdoms and Unified Silla periods. The essays are divided into four parts following a tribute to Professor Wi Jo Kang, a preface, and the editor’s introduction. Part I contains chapters by Jongmyung Kim and A. Charles Muller. In chapter 2, entitled ‘‘Interactions between Buddhism and Confucianism in Medieval Korea,’’ Kim provides valuable insights into the medieval kingdom of Koryŏ. A conventional view among

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Journal of Korean ReligionsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 24, 2017

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