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Old 02-17-2014, 05:27 AM
 
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:29 AM
 
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It is sad when innocent pilgrims like that are killed like that. Perhaps I might rethink a trip to the Holy Land anytime soon myself...
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:42 AM
 
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It is interesting that so many Koreans are Christians, especially Catholic. Other East Asian nations do not have so many.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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It is, a lot of it was due to American missionaries before and after the Korean War.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:47 AM
 
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It is interesting that so many Koreans are Christians, especially Catholic. Other East Asian nations do not have so many.
more Protestant than Catholic. The mega churches in South Korea are usually Pentecostal. There are a lot of Presbyterians too.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:07 PM
 
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more Protestant than Catholic. The mega churches in South Korea are usually Pentecostal. There are a lot of Presbyterians too.
Religion in South Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

18.3% Protestant and 10.9% Catholic, which still makes it one of the most Catholic countries in East Asia, after East Timor and the Philippines.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:19 PM
 
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Why did it not happen in Taiwan?
Taiwan had a lot of American missionaries too. However very few Taiwanese are Christian.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:23 PM
 
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Why did it not happen in Taiwan?
Taiwan had a lot of American missionaries too. However very few Taiwanese are Christian.
I think Christianity was sort of linked to nationalism in Korea. I remember reading about it, but I can't say why the same didn't happen in Taiwan, totally different situations i suppose. At one point Christianity - specifically Catholicism - spread rapidly throughout Japan but the shogunate stamped it out. It's hard to imagine Japan being like the Philippines or something in that respect.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:28 PM
 
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It is, a lot of it was due to American missionaries before and after the Korean War.
The presence of missionaries alone doesn't mean anything. Missionaries were in Japan, China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos as well, but most of the people in those countries had the good sense to ignore them.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:34 PM
 
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The presence of missionaries alone doesn't mean anything. Missionaries were in Japan, China, India, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Laos as well, but most of the people in those countries had the good sense to ignore them.
Yeah I think it was somehow linked to the independence struggle against the Japanese, I remember reading about it. Today I think the Seoul area is like the stronghold for Christianity while the west and south is more Buddhist.
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