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Religions 2018, 9(10), 308; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9100308

“Korea National Prayer Breakfast” and Protestant Leaders’ Prophetic Consciousness during the Period of Military Dictatorship (1962–1987)

Department of Religious Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul 08826, Korea
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Received: 17 September 2018 / Revised: 4 October 2018 / Accepted: 5 October 2018 / Published: 10 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Role and Meaning of Religion for Korean Society)
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This paper illuminates the prophetic consciousness of Korean Protestant leaders by examining the “Korea National Prayer Breakfast” (Gukgajochangidohoe, 국가조찬기도회) that they hosted, particularly during the military regimes. In explaining the motivation for and intention of this special religious event in the political arena, most scholars have emphasized the Protestant leaders’ political ambition and their agendas to get the government support and expand their power in Korean society. However, we should take heed of the leaders’ religious aspirations to make the country righteous in God’s sight. They attempted to have a good influence on the inner circle of the military dictatorship, which some Christians regarded as an evil force. Though they preached to and prayed for the military regimes, their sermons were often unpleasant and challenging to the presidents and their associates. The Protestant leaders wanted to play the role of John the Baptist rebuking Herod Antipas rather than the compliant chief priests and scribes serving Herod the Great. View Full-Text
Keywords: Korean religion; Korean Protestants; Gukgajochangidohoe (Korean National Prayer Breakfast); prophetic consciousness Korean religion; Korean Protestants; Gukgajochangidohoe (Korean National Prayer Breakfast); prophetic consciousness
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Yoo, Y.; Kim, M. “Korea National Prayer Breakfast” and Protestant Leaders’ Prophetic Consciousness during the Period of Military Dictatorship (1962–1987). Religions 2018, 9, 308.

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