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Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Asia$
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David Halloran Lumsdaine

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195308242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308242.001.0001

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 Evangelicals and the Democratization of South Korea Since 1987

 Evangelicals and the Democratization of South Korea Since 1987

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Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Asia

Young‐gi Hong Rev. Dr. Joshua

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how evangelicals affected South Korean democratization. After two-and-a-half decades of military-dominated authoritarianism, Korea had a rapidly growing economy but no democracy, until mass protests led to electoral democracy and civil and political rights in 1987. Scholars have given scant attention to the role of the evangelicals in Korea's democratization and democratic consolidation. The chapter reviews the useful though sparse scholarly literature, but relies principally on observation, interviews, documents, and the writings of pastors, theologians, and civil society activists. It argues that Korean Christians have significantly boosted democratization.

Keywords:   Koreans, Christians, evangelical Christianity, democracy, electoral democracy, democratization

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