Christian Themes

(Literary Essentials: Christian Fiction and Nonfiction)

Park’s Christology stresses the suffering of Christ and his sympathy with the disadvantaged. One of Park’s central theological visions is the idea of crawling with God and Christ over the mythical hill of Arirang and experiencing suffering. This leads to the subsequent revelation that humanity is invited to dance with the Holy Spirit in an equal divine-human partnership. Some may take issue with some of Park’s unorthodox views such as Jesus’ being a “slave.” This view could be at most a metaphor because the historical Jesus was a free Jew and was never legally enslaved. Park’s assertion that “the Word of God is more than the Bible” is also a challenging position.

Park places great emphasis on the Pentecostal ideas of revival and awakening. He believes the Korean church was first uplifted by the faithful gathering at meetings to express their belonging to Christ through collective prayer and the confession of sins. Then the Christians found new life-giving repentance. Park sees this process as a model for the future.

Park strongly encourages the ecumenical inclusion of Korean spiritual practices in his third theology of the spirit. He also sides with some more extreme Christian groups such as the historic “national-socialist united front,” who from 1927 to 1931 opposed the Japanese colonialism of Korea.

Park strongly argues that Christians should ally themselves with the “democratic masses” he elsewhere...

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