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Where is the Christian 'left'?

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By Steven L. Shields

Conventional wisdom says that those with the loudest voices write the story that most come to believe is the only genuine version. Similar to the U.S., Korea has a vocal evangelical (conservative) Christian community that denounces the "other."

As a Christian, but far removed from what most people in Korea understand, I struggle with my emotions. I'm frustrated the loudest voices are the only voices being heard in Korea. Perhaps it's to be expected. Conservative evangelical Christianity is based on strict hierarchy; clear-cut right and wrong answers; no room for flexibility.

Neo-Confucian strictures are compatible with conservative evangelical Christianity. Or perhaps it's the other way around. A male-dominated society, strict rules about obedience, unable to allow a modern, literate, egalitarian worldview. Maybe that's why, in Korea, there is seemingly no Christian-left.

The Jesus most Korean Christians see and understand is different from the Jesus I see and understand. Yet, we are reading the same Bible (although I've noted that some Korean-language translations choose to depart from the Hebrew and Greek texts, inserting instead many words that are........

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