"One of the most remarkable phenomena in the recent history of Christianity has been its rapid spread in Korea. Altogether the Christian population in South Korea now exceeds 25 percent of the total, almost rivalling the number of Buddhists. In 1984 Korea celebrated the centenary of the Protestant missionary movement. Although Protestantism arrived in Korea at least a century later than Catholicism, it has spread more widely and vigorously. Moreover, Christians have shown remarkable leadership in the political, economic, social and cultural life of Korea, far out of proportion to their numerical strength. The expansion of Christianity in Korea is especially noteworthy in view of the fact that Korea, with its long and varied traditions of shamanism, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism and other folk religions, had been a country culturally remote from the West. Indeed, Korea long considered itself a `small China', maintaining the Confucian tradition with stubborn persistence longer than China and remaining until the 1880s the last Asian country to open its closed door to the West." -- Intro. pp. [vii]-viii.
Contents: Introduction -- God and Salvation -- Christian Community and Ancestral Traditions -- The Gospel as Transformer of Culture -- Inculturation and Submerged Christian Transcendence.
Originally published in German as: AIDS : Eine Krankheit verander die Welt : Daten, Fakten, Hintergrunde. Frankfurt: Verlag Otto Lembeck, 2003.
Includes bibliography: p. 110-118.
This book "is an offering to churches and the world -- a significant and vital addition to the continuum of knowledge -- that will greatly assist churches to be effective and efficient in the struggle to overcome HIV/AIDS. It is a compilation of historical, scientific and statistical material aimed at providing churches and their partners with a better understanding of the dynamics of HIV/AIDS as well as current information to aid in collaborative efforts at answering the challenge of the disease. .... On a practical level this response is deliberately multi-faceted and interactive, encouraging churches and Christian service organizations to build and support coalitions dedicated to overcoming this epidemic". -- Preface.
Contents: Preface / Samuel Kobia, General Secretary, World Council of Churches -- Introduction / Sonja Weinreich and Christoph Benn --.Natural history and HIV transmission -- Global, regional and country-specific spread of HIV/AIDS -- Vulnerable population groups -- Gender equity -- Children -- Young people -- Socio-economic context -- Stigma and discrimination --Human rights -- People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) -- Prevention -- Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) -- Care -- Antiretroviral therapy -- HIV/AIDS on the international agenda -- Advocacy and lobbying -- Culture and tradition -- Churches, theology and HIV/AIDS -- Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS -- Literature.