Timothy S. Lee, Assistant professor of the History of Christianity and the Director of Asian (Korean) Church Studies at the Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University.
Korean evangelicals are in a dilemma when it comes to Tan'gun, the putative progenitor of the Korean people. On the one hand, evangelicals find Tan'gun unacceptable because he is thought to have been a divine or semi-divine being with ties to Shamanism. On the other hand, if evangelicals disparage Tan'gun, they run the risk of being stigmatized as unpatriotic, if not un-Korean. This lecture discusses creative (and not so creative) ways in which evangelicals have dealt with this dilemma—and, in the process, reveals a cultural battle over the fundamental character of the Korean nation.
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
243 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, The Henry Luce Foundation