christianity

Missionary Imposition

1910107_506533641047_2726_nThe first Koreans I met were in Xi’an, China.


Korean Faiths

I was in a cafe, where a Buddhist monk came to bang on his hollow wooden moktak for exactly three seconds before the barrista, a chubby man who had been chomping and slurping at his noodles like a ravening horse not five minutes before—shaking the windowpanes with the barbarous thunderous smacking of his tongue and his lips—ordered him to get the hell out, almost before he even started chanting, like this:

Monk: [to wooden knocking] Ha-may-ha-may-ha
Barrista: Fuck off!


God Is Unique

If Jesus was not an active political leader (like the so-called Zealots); if he desired no social revolution; if he did not seek a martyr’s death as proof of his message; if he led the life of a believer, awaiting God’s action but making no attempt to force God’s hand; if he was far from any desire for self-aggrandizement, and his whole life was an act of obedience to God’s will, his conduct becomes hard to understand. For by violence (cleansing of the Temple, creation of a movement among the people) he provoked violence against himself. What he suffered was the consequence of his act. In all this there is a flavor of militancy which is also unmistakable in other manifestations of his personality.


Salad Bar Confucianism

When a lot of foreigners first step off the boat here in Korea, they probably think two things—

1) What’s that smell?, and
2) What’s up with these people? They’re so nice / strange / rude / different!

Many will stay for a few days, a few months, possibly even a year, and may never get around to answering either of these questions. The answer to the first probably has to do with an overloaded sewage system trying and failing to deal with fifty million people eating fifty million pounds of fermented cabbage and soybeans every day; the answer to the second (relating to the reason why so many people eat so much fermented food) is still too elusive for me, and I’ve lived here for three years.


KB Interview: Pastor Gage Jung of Hipster Church

Pastor Gage Jung isn’t your typical Korean American pastor: yes, he wears skinny jeans and caps, and yes, he has tattoos. But he isn’t a “self-proclaimed” hipster—and to him, that really doesn’t matter. He’s the pastor of Hipster Church (motto: “This ain’t your mama’s church.”), currently meeting in the heart of Flushing, Queens at the Sheraton Hotel.


The Religious Right puts Darwin's theory in serious doubt

I am a firm believer in evolution and the complete lack of intelligent design in the process. But when I look at right wing religious groups such as the American Family Association, I wonder if some of us ever made that last step from ape to human.The most recent evidence comes in their call for Republican National Party chairman, Michael Steele, to resign for saying that abortion is a choice but

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