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Catholic Korea, South 800,000 - - - 1974 Oberdorfer, Don. The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History; Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley (1997), pg. 49-51. "From an estimated 300,000 in North and South Korea in 1945, the number of Christians had grown rapidly by 1974 to an estimated 4.3 million in South Korea (3.5 million Protestants and 800,000 Roman Catholics). "
Catholic Korea, South 1,000,000 - - - 1979 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 413. "After liberation from Japan in 1945 growth was rapid, and by the end of the 1970s there were over a million Catholics in South Korea. "
Catholic Korea, South 1,590,625 4.29% 2,342
units
- 1983 *LINK* web site: "Little Korea "; web page: "Religion " (viewed 22 Jan. 1999) Table: "Status of Religions " (as of 1983); 3 columns: "churches ", "clergymen ", "followers "; presumably this is from a government survey or census.; Listed in table as "Catholicism "
Catholic Korea, South 1,800,000 4.14% - - 1990 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998), pg. 702-703. "The nation's 1990 census reported a population total of 43.5 million... "; Pg. 703: "Today, the majority of South Korea's religious population is aligned either with Mahayana Buddhism (over 11 million followers) or Christianity (6.5 million Protestants and 1.8 million Roman Catholics). "
Catholic Korea, South - 3.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994) pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Catholic Korea, South 3,402,000 7.60% 948
units
- 1995 1998 Catholic Almanac: Our Sunday Visitor: USA (1997), pg. 333-367. Figures are as of Dec. 31, 1995. Number used for "congregations " is from number of Catholic parishes.
Catholic Korea, South 2,660,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Catholic Korea, South - 6.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Catholic - clergy Korea, South 4,529 - 2,342
units
- 1983 *LINK* web site: "Little Korea "; web page: "Religion " (viewed 22 Jan. 1999) Table: "Status of Religions " (as of 1983); 3 columns: "churches ", "clergymen ", "followers "; presumably this is from a government survey or census.; Listed in table as "Catholicism "
Ch'ondogyo Korea, South 800,000 - - - 1978 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 414. "...Ch'ondo-kyo... In 1978 there were 1,700 clergy and over 800,000 members in South Korea. "
Ch'ondogyo Korea, South 52,530 0.14% 249
units
- 1983 *LINK* web site: "Little Korea "; web page: "Religion " (viewed 22 Jan. 1999) Table: "Status of Religions " (as of 1983); 3 columns: "churches ", "clergymen ", "followers "; presumably this is from a government survey or census.; Listed in table as "Chondogyo "
Ch'ondogyo Korea, South 50,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table; listed as "Ch'ondogyo "
Ch'ondogyo Korea, South - - - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998), pg. 703. "The South Koreans also have many newer religions that combine Christianity with native pre-Christian beliefs. The most widespread is Ch'ondogyo ('the Heavenly Way'), founded in 1860. "
Ch'ondogyo - clergy Korea, South 1,700 - - - 1978 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 414. "...Ch'ondo-kyo... In 1978 there were 1,700 clergy and over 800,000 members in South Korea. "
Ch'ondogyo - clergy Korea, South 3,264 - 249
units
- 1983 *LINK* web site: "Little Korea "; web page: "Religion " (viewed 22 Jan. 1999) Table: "Status of Religions " (as of 1983); 3 columns: "churches ", "clergymen ", "followers "; presumably this is from a government survey or census.; Listed in table as "Chondogyo "
Chingsan-kyo Korea, South - - - - 1900 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 415. "About 1900 a Confucian scholar named Kang Il-sun (1871-1910) claimed to be in touch with the spirits of the universe and to have magical powers. He founded a movement called Chingsan-kyo, from his pen name Chingsan (lit. 'Kettle Mountain'). It was largelyunited around his unusual personality, and after his death it split into a bewildering variety of sects. One centered around the mediumistic powers of Chingsan's concubine, and another was lead by his wife. Several of the splinger groups acclaimed him as Maitreya, the coming Buddha. "
Choge Buddhism Korea, South - - - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "A Window on Korea "; web page: "Buddhism in Korea " (viewed 23 Jan. 1999) "Buddhism has the largest following of all Korea's religions. As of 1991, there were 26 Buddhist sects and 9,231 temples with more than 11 million followers in Korea. Chogyejong is the largest of the sects. It is headquartered in Chogyesa Temple in Seoul and has 24 regional centers across the country. "
Christianity Korea, South - 8.00% - - 1945 Cox, Harvey. Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-First Century; New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. (1994), pg. 220. "Protestant Christianity in Korea is only about 100 years old. At the en fWorld War II, Christians still accounted for only about 8% of the populace. "
Christianity Korea, South 1,250,000 - - - 1962 Belke, Thomas J. Juche: A Christian Study of North Korea's State Religion. Bartlesville, OK: Living Sacrifice Books Co. (1999), pg. 146. "In the South [Korea], the church grew rapidly to about 1.25 million belieers, due to both the influx of Christian refugees [from North Korea] and many new converts. "
Christianity Korea, South 4,300,000 - - - 1974 Oberdorfer, Don. The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History; Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley (1997), pg. 49-51. "From an estimated 300,000 in North and South Korea in 1945, the number of Christians had grown rapidly by 1974 to an estimated 4.3 million in South Korea (3.5 million Protestants and 800,000 Roman Catholics). "
Christianity Korea, South - - - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 180. "Although in nearly every country around the rim of Asia an identifiable Christianity could be found, only in the islands of the sea, in the Philipines, in Papua New Guinea, and in South Korea was it the obvious and perfasive religion of the land. "
Christianity Korea, South - 20.00% - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 180. "In South Korea the most vigorous and dynamic churches in the modern world, having survived decades of Japanese oppression (1910-45) and two waves of communist suppression, were systematically and enthusiastically carrying out Christianization of the remaining 80 percent of the Korean people and were planning to make Korea the mission center for the whole world. "
Christianity Korea, South - 30.00% - - 1988 *LINK* Takafumi,Iida. "Folk Religion Among the Koreans in Japan The Shamanism of the 'Korean Temples' " in Japanese Journal of Religious Studies June-September 1988 15/2-3. (Viewed on JJRS web site, 30 Jan. 1999) "Christianity is another important tradition today. Transmitted in the 18th century, it has shown explosive growth after the end of the Japanese occupation, and currently about 30% of the population professes to be Christian. It has surpassed all of the other religions and has the most influence among the people. "
Christianity Korea, South 8,300,000 19.08% - - 1990 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998), pg. 702-703. "The nation's 1990 census reported a population total of 43.5 million... "; Pg. 703: "Today, the majority of South Korea's religious population is aligned either with Mahayana Buddhism (over 11 million followers) or Christianity (6.5 million Protestants and 1.8 million Roman Catholics). "
Christianity Korea, South - 30.00% - - 1991 Russell, Chandler. Racing Toward 2001; Zondervan Publishing House: Grand Rapids, MI (1992), pg. 224. [Orig. source: J. Lee Grady, "New Missions Strategies for a Rapidly Changing World, " National & International Religion Report 5, no. 3, 28 Jan. 1991] "South Korea is about 30% Christian. A hundred years ago, it had no Protestant churches and was thought to be unreachable. "
Christianity Korea, South - 50.00% - - 1994 Cox, Harvey. Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-First Century; New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. (1994), pg. 220. "Protestant Christianity in Korea is only about 100 years old. At the en fWorld War II, Christians still accounted for only about 8% of the populace. But by 1994 the churches had recruited nearly half the population of South Korea. "
Christianity Korea, South 8,920,000 20.00% - - 1994 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Population (1994 United Nations estimate): 44.6 million... Main religions: Christianity (20%), Buddhism (30%), Shamanism (5%), Confucianism (5%), non-religious and culturalised Confucianism (40%)... "
Christianity Korea, South 22,514,918 49.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Christianity 49%, Buddhism 47%, Confucianism 3%, pervasive folk religion (shamanism), Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way), and other 1%; Total population: 45,948,811.
Christianity Korea, South - 30.00% - - 1998 *LINK* "World View: 25% of World Christians Are Pentecostal " in Salt Lake Tribune (3 Oct. 1998). [Orig. source: Assembly of God News] Some 30 percent of Koreans are Christian and 60 percent of that number are Pentecostal. Statistics also show that Christianity, rather than Buddhism, is now the major faith group in Korea.
Christianity Korea, South 9,000,000 - - - 1998 Rutherford, Scott (ed.) East Asia. London: Apa Publications (1998), pg. 210. "First-time visitors to Korea often gaze with wonder at the many purely Christian church steeples and crosses that punctuat populated skylines. As with all the faiths, there is a discrepancy between claimed membership and government estimates. Over nine million, or by government reckoning, almost half of all Koreans who follow a particular religion, are avowed Christians. Today, Christianity plays a disproportionate role in power circles, both government and opposition, considering its small percentage of the Korean population. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Korea, South 21,802 - - - 1980 Stark, Rodney. "The Rise of a New World Faith " in Latter-day Saint Social Life: Social Research on the LDS Church and its Members, edited by James T. Duke. Religious Studies Center, BYU: Provo, UT (1998), pg. 17. "Table: 1.3: Two Years of Mormon Growth, 1978-80 "; Two columns: "Percentage rate of membership growth 1978-80 " and "Number of members in 1980 "; Growth 1978-80: 83%; Location listed as "Korea "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Korea, South 67,000 0.15% 161
units
- 1995 Deseret News 1997-98 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1996), pg. 188-408. "Year-end 1995: Est. population [of country]; Members, [number shown in '# of adherents' column to left] "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Korea, South 60,000 - - - 1996 "The Church in Japan, Korea, and Far-East Russia " in Ensign (Nov. 1996), pg. 110. "In Korea, where Christians make up a much higher percentage of the population than in Japan, we have more than 60,000 members in 16 stakes. "
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Korea, South 69,000 0.14% 171
units
- 1997 Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1998), pg. 267-410. Information from a variety of sources. Figures for year-end 1997.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples Korea, South - - 1
unit
- 1996 Deseret News 1997-98 Church Almanac. Deseret News: Salt Lake City, UT (1996), pg. 435-436. Table: "Temples of the Church "; Seoul
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples Korea, South - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* web site: "LDSWorld "; web page: "Gems Temple Status Page " (viewed 17 July 1999); compiled by Dave Kenison. Updated regularly. Original sources: Deseret News Church Almanac, & announcements thru Church News & other media.; Table: "LOCATIONS & DEDICATIONS OF TEMPLES " (incl. dedication dates)
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - temples Korea, South - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* web site: "Kim Siever's Temple Site "; web page: "Asia " (viewed 18 April 1999). Table with columns: Name [of temple], Year: Operating temples: "Tokyo Japan 1980; Manilla Phillipines 1984; Taipei Taiwan 1984; Seoul Korea 1985; Kowloon Hong Kong 1996 "
Church of the Nazarene Korea, South 31,816 0.07% 226
units
- 1998 *LINK* official organization web site: Nazarene World Mission Society Church Statistics: Churches; 6 Jan 1998; total population: 44,851,000
Confucianism Korea, South 786,955 2.12% 232
units
- 1983 *LINK* web site: "Little Korea "; web page: "Religion " (viewed 22 Jan. 1999) Table: "Status of Religions " (as of 1983); 3 columns: "churches ", "clergymen ", "followers "; presumably this is from a government survey or census.
Confucianism Korea, South 2,230,000 5.00% - - 1994 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Population (1994 United Nations estimate): 44.6 million... Main religions: Christianity (20%), Buddhism (30%), Shamanism (5%), Confucianism (5%), non-religious and culturalised Confucianism (40%)... "
Confucianism Korea, South 180,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Confucianism Korea, South 1,378,464 3.00% - - 1997 *LINK* CIA World Factbook web site (viewed Aug. 1998) Christianity 49%, Buddhism 47%, Confucianism 3%, pervasive folk religion (shamanism), Chondogyo (Religion of the Heavenly Way), and other 1%; Total population: 45,948,811.
Confucianism Korea, South - 1.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
Confucianism Korea, South - - - - 1998 Rutherford, Scott (ed.) East Asia. London: Apa Publications (1998), pg. 210. "Confucianism has become a way of life in Korea. Confucius--or Kongja, as the Koreans refer to him--was never a breaker of traditions but a conservative reactionary... Today Confucianism thrives more in Korea than in any other nation, and though Confucianism has been greatly discredited since the turn of the century by both foreign and domestic intellectual movements, its basic values and premises still dominate the lives of all Koreans. Ancestor worship continues to be practised much as it has been for more than 1,000 years. In Korea, even an 'old fool' is first and foremost an elder. To rebel against the world of an elder is to invite social censure--a conservative and powerful force which is ver effective in Korea's small and closed society. "
Confucianism Korea, South - - 200
units
- 1999 *LINK* web site: "A Window on Korea "; web page: "Confucianism in Korea " (viewed 23 Jan. 1999) "Although there is no organized confucian church, there are Confucian organizations. Ancestral rites and memorial ceremonies in honor of outstanding Confucians are held regularly. Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul is the country's center of Confucianism and the site of a shrine to Confucius, where memorial ceremonies are held annually in spring and autumn. There are also over 200 hyanggyo, or Confucian academies with shrines, in Korea that teach young people traditional values and manners. They seek to make Confucian values more relevant to a modern, industrial society. "
Confucianism - clergy Korea, South 11,828 - 232
units
- 1983 *LINK* web site: "Little Korea "; web page: "Religion " (viewed 22 Jan. 1999) Table: "Status of Religions " (as of 1983); 3 columns: "churches ", "clergymen ", "followers "; presumably this is from a government survey or census.
Council for World Mission Korea, South 2,094,338 4.70% 5,584
units
- 1999 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK)... Country information: Population (1994 United Nations estimate): 44.6 million... Church information:.. Members/Congregations: 2,094,338/5,584. " [PCK is the only Council for World Missions church in Korea]
Islam Korea, South 22,000 - - - 1990 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: 8/25/90 issue of GLOBAL PRAYER DIGEST); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) "PRAY FOR A CHURCH AMONG THE 22,000 MUSLIM KOREANS "
Islam Korea, South 35,000 - - - 1996 RISEAP. Muslim Almanac - Asia Pacific. Table: Muslim Population in Asia Pacific Region (1996)
Islam Korea, South 6,000 0.01% - - 2000 K. F. Bin Mohd Noor. "Muslims Statistics... for Year 2000 " [orig. src: Barrett. World Christian Encyclopedia, 1982] Table
Jehovah's Witnesses Korea, South 84,543 0.18% 1,512
units
- 1997 *LINK* official organization web site Adherent/member count is for "1997 Peak Witnesses "; Memorial attendance (annual sacrament meeting) for same year: 133,362.
Jehovah's Witnesses Korea, South 85,983 0.19% 1,508
units
- 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; This adherent/member count is for "1998 Peak Witnesses "; [Location listed as "Korea, Republic of "]
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Korea, South 133,362 0.29% 1,512
units
- 1997 *LINK* official organization web site From 1997 Statistics "Memorial attendance " column. Count of all who attend this once-a-year meeting, whether or not a "publisher " in full standing. Most would be considered adherents.
Jehovah's Witnesses - Memorial attendance Korea, South 135,519 0.29% - - 1998 *LINK* Jehovah's Witnesses official web site; section: "Statistics "; web page: "Worldwide Report " (viewed 16 April 1999). Table: "1998 Report of Jehovah's Witnesses Worldwide "; "Memorial attendance " column indicates attendance at yearly communion meeting.
Judaism Korea, South 150 - - - 1998 *LINK* Jewish Communities of the World web site (1998) Table: World Jewry. "collected our data from from demographic and other academic studies, community reports, and up-dates in the general media... consulted with experts to verify findings before reaching our assessments and estimates. "
Mahayana Buddhism Korea, South 11,000,000 25.29% - - 1990 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998), pg. 702-703. "The nation's 1990 census reported a population total of 43.5 million... "; Pg. 703: "Today, the majority of South Korea's religious population is aligned either with Mahayana Buddhism (over 11 million followers) or Christianity (6.5 million Protestants and 1.8 million Roman Catholics). "
New Religionists Korea, South 1,600,000 - - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "A Window on Korea " (cinema.sangji.ac.kr); web page: "New Religions in Modern Korea " (viewed 23 Jan. 1999) "Korea's flourishing modern movements, grouped under the heading of 'New Religions,' number more than 240 throughout the country... A total overall figure would probably give a membership of 1,600,000 for all these recent sects taken together. "
New Religionists Korea, South 1,600,000 - - - 1991 *LINK* web site: "A Window on Korea "; web page: "New Religions in Modern Korea " (viewed 23 Jan. 1999) "Korea's flourishing modern movements, grouped under the heading of 'New Religions,' number more than 240 throughout the country. Most of them have small memberships and have developed primarily from the Tonghak Movement of the 1860s. The largest such sect boasts as many as 600,000 followers, and some of the smaller ones consist of groups of 10 or so members only. A total overall figure would probably give a membership of 1,600,000 for all these recent sects taken together. "
Nonreligious Korea, South - 36.00% - - 1992 Goring, Rosemary (ed). Larousse Dictionary of Beliefs & Religions (Larousse: 1994) pg. 581-584. Table: "Population Distribution of Major Beliefs "; "Figures have been compiled from the most accurate recent available information and are in most cases correct to the nearest 1% "
Nonreligious Korea, South 17,840,000 40.00% - - 1994 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Population (1994 United Nations estimate): 44.6 million... Main religions: Christianity (20%), Buddhism (30%), Shamanism (5%), Confucianism (5%), non-religious and culturalised Confucianism (40%)... "
Nonreligious Korea, South 22,660,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table: "Religion ": Divided by nations, with 2 columns: "Religious affiliation " & "1996 pop. " [of that religion]. Based on best avail. figures, whether census data, membership figures or estimates by analysts, as % of est. 1996 midyear pop.
Nonreligious Korea, South - 20.00% - - 1998 *LINK* Nazarene web site: Nazarene World Mission Society; (major source: Johnstone's Operation World) Table "Religions "
other Korea, South 216,809 0.58% 791
units
- 1983 *LINK* web site: "Little Korea "; web page: "Religion " (viewed 22 Jan. 1999) Table: "Status of Religions " (as of 1983); 3 columns: "churches ", "clergymen ", "followers "; presumably this is from a government survey or census.; Other is those groups not included in: Catholicism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Chondogyo, Confucianism, and Wonbulgyo.
other Korea, South 310,000 - - - 1996 1997 Britannica Book of the Year. Pg. 781-783. Table; "other " = NOT Nonreligious, Buddhism, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Confuciast, Wonbulgyo, Ch'ondogyo
other Korea, South 500,000 - - - 1998 Rutherford, Scott (ed.) East Asia. London: Apa Publications (1998), pg. 210. "Other religions: About 500,000 Koreans belong to a wide variety of 'minor' religions. " [Other refers to religions not previously described in this section, which were: shamanism, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Christianity.]
other - clergy Korea, South 5,893 - 791
units
- 1983 *LINK* web site: "Little Korea "; web page: "Religion " (viewed 22 Jan. 1999) Table: "Status of Religions " (as of 1983); 3 columns: "churches ", "clergymen ", "followers "; presumably this is from a government survey or census.; Other is those groups not included in: Catholicism, Buddhism, Protestantism, Chondogyo, Confucianism, and Wonbulgyo.
Pak T'aeson Korea, South - - - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 415. "A number of groups have arisen under Protestant influence... In Korea itself more attention has been attracted by an indigenous form of Presbyterianism under the leadership of Pak T'aeson (b. 1915). Pak started holding mass outdoor revival meetings in Seoul in the 1950s. He claimed to be various biblical figures, most notably the 'Olive Trees' of Rev. 11:4. By establishing model communities known as 'Christian Towns' he sought to build an industrial base for the kingdom of God. "
Pentecostal Korea, South - 18.00% - - 1998 *LINK* "World View: 25% of World Christians Are Pentecostal " in Salt Lake Tribune (3 Oct. 1998). [Orig. source: Assembly of God News] Some 30 percent of Koreans are Christian and 60 percent of that number are Pentecostal. Statistics also show that Christianity, rather than Buddhism, is now the major faith group in Korea.
Plymouth Brethren Korea, South - - 173
units
- 1996 *LINK* web page: "'Plymouth Brethren' FAQ "; "Author: Shawn Abigail; November1998; Version 1.6.1 " There are 173 assemblies in South Korea.
Presbyterian Korea, South - - - - 1981 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 180. "...Presbyterian churches of Korea, and the great Dutch Reformed tribal churches in the Batak fastness of Indonesia were overwhelmingly the strongest religious communities and influences of their respective areas. "
Presbyterian Church of Korea Korea, South 2,094,338 4.70% 5,584
units
- 1999 *LINK* Web site: "Council for World Mission "; web page: "Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) " (viewed 31 May 1999). "Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK)... Country information: Population (1994 United Nations estimate): 44.6 million... Church information:.. Members/Congregations: 2,094,338/5,584. "
Protestant Korea, South - - - - 1844 Crim, Keith (ed.). The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions. San Francisco: Harper Collins (1989). Reprint; originally pub. as Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religions, 1981; pg. 414. "Aside from scattered contacts, the first Protestants in Korea were Methodists and Presbyterians, who arrived in 1884-85. "
Protestant Korea, South 3,500,000 - - - 1974 Oberdorfer, Don. The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History; Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley (1997), pg. 49-51. "From an estimated 300,000 in North and South Korea in 1945, the number of Christians had grown rapidly by 1974 to an estimated 4.3 million in South Korea (3.5 million Protestants and 800,000 Roman Catholics). "
Protestant Korea, South 5,337,308 14.38% 21,243
units
- 1983 *LINK* web site: "Little Korea "; web page: "Religion " (viewed 22 Jan. 1999) Table: "Status of Religions " (as of 1983); 3 columns: "churches ", "clergymen ", "followers "; presumably this is from a government survey or census.
Protestant Korea, South 6,500,000 14.94% - - 1990 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998), pg. 702-703. "The nation's 1990 census reported a population total of 43.5 million... "; Pg. 703: "Today, the majority of South Korea's religious population is aligned either with Mahayana Buddhism (over 11 million followers) or Christianity (6.5 million Protestants and 1.8 million Roman Catholics). "


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