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Religions 2015, 6(4), 1314-1329; doi:10.3390/rel6041314

The Role of Religious Beliefs and Institutions in Disaster Management: A Case Study

Department of Emergency Management, Inje University, 197 Inje-ro, Gimhae-city, Gyeongnam 50834, Korea
Academic Editor: Peter Iver Kaufman
Received: 10 August 2015 / Revised: 4 November 2015 / Accepted: 6 November 2015 / Published: 11 November 2015
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Abstract

Religion in Korea has been shaped by its followers to a degree, but the role of religion in Korea has been largely unexamined. This study examines the role of religion and the incorporation of religious beliefs and institutions in the field of disaster management. In doing so, the study examines how three religions—Christianity, Buddhism, and Confucianism—operate in Korea, in particular in terms of both care-oriented management and mitigation-oriented management approaches. While utilizing descriptive research as a methodology, policy measures have been suggested with the support of theological perspectives. Despite some difficulties in making a generalization, the major finding is that religion has a role to play in supplementing care-oriented management, with mitigation-oriented management approaches, by better grasping the nature of a disaster and its effective management while responding to regional culture. In addition, the Ministry of Public Safety and Security, local governments, and other government institutions must play new roles in incorporating religion in disaster management. View Full-Text
Keywords: regional culture; Christianity; Buddhism; Confucianism; South Korea regional culture; Christianity; Buddhism; Confucianism; South Korea
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Ha, K.-M. The Role of Religious Beliefs and Institutions in Disaster Management: A Case Study. Religions 2015, 6, 1314-1329.

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