Wounded Heart of God: The Asian Concept of Han and the Christian Doctrine of Sin

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Traditional doctrines of sin and salvation center primarily on the moral agency of the sinner. Andrew Sung Park addresses the relational consequence of sin--the pervasive reality of victims' suffering and the scar from the sins of others who have wronged them. He asserts that one cannot grasp the full meaning of the sin and guilt of siners until one has looked at the concept han or the shame of the victims. If reconciliation with God and with other humans is to take place, not only must one's sin be repented and ...
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Overview

Traditional doctrines of sin and salvation center primarily on the moral agency of the sinner. Andrew Sung Park addresses the relational consequence of sin--the pervasive reality of victims' suffering and the scar from the sins of others who have wronged them. He asserts that one cannot grasp the full meaning of the sin and guilt of siners until one has looked at the concept han or the shame of the victims. If reconciliation with God and with other humans is to take place, not only must one's sin be repented and one's guilt forgiven, but the han of those who have been wronged must be healed.

Park asserts that one cannot grasp the full meaning of the sin and guilt of sinners until one has looked at the Korean concept of han--the relational consequence of sin--and shame of their victims. To reconcile with God and with other humans, one's sin must be repented, guilt must be forgiven, the han of those who have been wronged must be healed, and the shame which results from that wrong must be erased.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687385362
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 1,273,207
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Sung Park is associate professor of theology at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio.

He is the author of The Wounded Heart of God, also published by Abingdon Press.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 9
1 The Reality of Han 15
The Definitions of Han 15
Stories of Han 20
2 The Structure of Han 31
The Han of Individuals: Conscious Han 31
The Han of Individuals: Unconscious Han 34
The Han of Groups: Conscious Han 36
The Han of Groups: Unconscious Han 38
The Han of Nature 42
3 The Major Roots of Han 45
Capitalist Global Economy 45
Patriarchy 50
Racial and Cultural Discrimination 60
Conclusion 66
4 The Intertwining of Sin and Han 69
Sin and Han 69
Guilt and Shame 81
5 Unjustifiable Justification by Faith 87
Repentance 87
Cognitive Repentance and Social Repentance 89
Divine and Human Forgivingness 90
A Doctrine of the Forgivingness of Victims 92
Problems with Justification by Faith 93
Justification by Love 96
6 Han and Salvation 99
Healing Process: Substantial or Relational 102
Perspectival Alternation: Static or Dynamic 104
Compassionate Realization of Potential 107
7 The Wounded Heart of God 111
Anselm of Canterbury 112
Martin Luther 114
Kazoh Kitamon 116
Jurgen Moltmann 118
The Wounded God 120
8 Han: The Point of Interreligious Dialogue 129
The Present Trend of Interreligious Dialogue 129
Han at the Crossroads of Religions 132
Mother Teresa 134
9 The Resolution of Han 137
Awakening 138
Understanding 138
Envisionment: A Vision of a New World 147
Engagement: Compassionate Confrontation 170
Conclusion 177
Notes 179
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