The focus of this paper is to study the success that early missionaries had in Korea. Their techniques, theories, and philosophies are considered. Korea in 1884 had but a handful of Christians, all from Catholic endeavors, which had suffered widespread persecution and even martyrdom. However, the Protestant missionaries did not have the same problems. They came under a more friendly government and with a style that was not insulting or threatening to the Koreans. For the most part, they were doctors and teachers (at least in the beginnings of the Protestant missions work) who also had a desire to spread Christianity. They were there to serve the Koreans as well as they knew how. They obviously succeeded. Christianity, in the last one hundred years, has risen to becoming 30% of the population. There is probably no greater success story in the last 1500 years of mission work.


Harris, Ishwar


Religious Studies

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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