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Catholics and anti-Catholicism in Chosŏn Korea

Author: Don Baker; Franklin Rausch
Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press : Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawaiʻi, [2017] ©2017
Series: Hawaiʻi studies on Korea.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Korea's first significant encounter with the West occurred in the last quarter of the eighteenth century when a Korean Catholic community emerged on the peninsula. Decades of persecution followed, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Korean Catholics. Don Baker provides an invaluable analysis of late-Chosŏn (1392-1897) thought, politics, and society to help readers understand the response of Confucians to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Named Person: Sa-yŏng Hwang; Sa-yŏng Hwang
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Don Baker; Franklin Rausch
ISBN: 9780824866273 0824866274 9780824866297 0824866290
OCLC Number: 990267660
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Includes a complete translation of an anti-Catholic essay and an annotated translation of the Silk letter of Hwang Sayŏng.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Korea at the end of the 18th century --
Confucian criticisms of Catholicism --
The birth of the Korean Catholic Church --
1791-1801 : a decade of hopes and fears --
Nationalism and evaluations of Hwang Sayŏng and his Silk letter --
A conversation on Catholicism by Ahn Chŏngbok --
The Silk letter of Hwang Sayŏng by Hwang Sayŏng.
Series Title: Hawaiʻi studies on Korea.
Responsibility: Don Baker with Franklin Rausch.

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Includes a complete translation of an anti-Catholic essay and an annotated translation of the Silk letter of Hwang Sayong.  Read more...

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Decades of persecution followed, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Korean Catholics. Don Baker provides an invaluable analysis of late-Chos\u014Fn (1392-1897) thought, politics, and society to help readers understand the response of Confucians to Catholicism and of Korean Catholics to years of violent harassment. His analysis is informed by two remarkable documents expertly translated with the assistance of Franklin Rausch and annotated here for the first time: an anti-Catholic essay written in the 1780s by Confucian scholar Ahn Ch\u014Fngbok (1712-1791) and a firsthand account of the 1801 anti-Catholic persecution by one of its last victims, the religious leader Hwang Say\u014Fng (1775-1801). Confucian assumptions about Catholicism are revealed in Ahn\'s essay, Conversation on Catholicism. The work is based on the scholar\'s exchanges with his son-in-law, who joined the small group of Catholics in the 1780s. Ahn argues that Catholicism is immoral because it puts more importance on the salvation of one\'s soul than on what is best for one\'s family or community. Conspicuously absent from his Conversation is the reason behind the conversions of his son-in-law and a few other young Confucian intellectuals. Baker examines numerous Confucian texts of the time to argue that, in the late eighteenth century, Korean Confucians were tormented by a growing concern over human moral frailty. Some among them came to view Catholicism as a way to overcome their moral weakness, become virtuous, and, in the process, gain eternal life. These anxieties are echoed in Hwang\'s Silk Letter, in which he details for the bishop in Beijing his persecution and the decade preceding it. He explains why Koreans joined (and some abandoned) the Catholic faith and their devotion to the new religion in the face of torture and execution. 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