TAIPEI, TAIWAN/ACCESSWIRE/June 18, 2022/ The Center for the Study of Chinese Religion (CSCR) of National Chengchi University (NCCU) and the Graduate Institute of Religious Studies (GIRS) of NCCU held an academic seminar on June 15, 2022, to discuss the location and theological interpretation of a new religious movement. As a new religious movement, CGM (Christian Gospel Mission) spread to Taiwan from Korea in 1988 and became localized while maintaining its theological interpretation. Additionally, CGM has made significant contributions to important social issues, such as gender equality and the pursuit of Taiwanese subjectivity.
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At the end of June 2021, the CGM signed an academic cooperation agreement with the CSCR. The initial phase of the research was released at the seminar, during which five papers were published respectively by Pastor Su, CGM President, Professor Zheng, Assistant Assistant Professor in the History Department of the University of Tamkang, Professor Haisul Palalavi, Associate Professor at the Teacher Education Center of Taitung University, Professor Yeh, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chinese Cultural Subjectivity Research Center in Taiwan at NCCU, and Professor Tsai, Assistant Professor assistant in the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University.
The seminar invited several influential commentators, including Prof. Tsai, Director of GIRS at NCCU, Prof. Lin, CEO of CSCR, Prof. Li and Prof. Wu at CSCR, and Dr. Zhang, Vice President of the Chinese intellectual property. protective association.
The seminar began with lectures given by the CGM representative, Pastor Liao, and Professor Lin, and was attended by Dr. Massimo Introvigne, an Italian sociologist of religion. Dr. Introvigne gave a lecture on “The Meaning and Value of CGM Research: From Methodology to Possibilities.” He explained that the Providence Church study should rule out incorrect and pseudoscientific beliefs, such as cultism and brainwashing, and should be conducted without 4 misunderstandings created by media and scandal. In order to achieve qualified academic research, researchers must review positive and objective information and conduct unbiased social science research.
Discussion on the globalization and localization of CGM
During the morning session, Pastor Su focused on spreading CGM, which is international, mobile, diverse, central and flexible, and has a quality of Chinese subjectivity. Furthermore, the theology of President Jung (the founder of CGM) demonstrates an East Asian quality, having characteristics of East Asian Confucianism, including the practice of hermeneutics, epiphany, and piety. subsidiary company. Professor Zheng focused on the fact that, unlike some Christian denominations which tend to compromise with China because of the missionary market, the CGM and President Jung are not only friends of Taiwan, but also put the emphasis on Taiwanese subjectivity. CGM makes Taiwan play a crucial role in its global mission, which merits further study.
Analysis of Comparative Religion and Theological Interpretation
During the afternoon session, Professor Haisul Palalavi, an authority on the study of the Bunun indigenous people, compared the CGM’s view of the spiritual world, life and death with that of the Bunun people. Bunun. Professor Yeh discussed and interpreted the CGM Holy Spirit theory and the Holy Spirit movement within the framework of Korean Christianity in the Christian world, and he conducted a comparative study with the Pentecostal and Charismatic movement. Compared to some faiths that still have reservations about granting equal leadership to women and men, CGM’s concept and practice of women’s empowerment is valuable in Korean society or the whole of the religious community.
Finally, Professor Tsai analyzed President Jung’s theology of the “king of individuality” and his view of the body and associated practices. President Jung’s spirit was inherited from Christianity, which placed a high value on personal individuality and explored the aesthetic, artistic, and athletic aspects of eschatology. By analyzing the theology of Providence, people might re-examine some criticisms that new religious movements are inclined to exercise collective control over believers.
Professor Tsai, the commentator, said that although the seminar was online due to the pandemic, there were nearly 80 participants. Through this seminar, the inner search for a new religious movement can be further broadened. Professor Introvigne’s keynote address could also help people understand the academic concern of the new religious movement in the Western academic community and break down myths and stereotypes. Pastor Liao also said that CGM will continue to support various academic researches with an open mind. Professor Li and Professor Lin also felt that this seminar had obtained a positive preliminary result. NCCU religion scholars look forward to more objective, diverse, interreligious, and interdisciplinary academic cooperation with CGM.
Presenter of the article: Prof. Tsai, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at National Taiwan University. (Photo via Christian Gospel Mission Taiwan)
Opening speech: Dr. Massimo Introvigne, founder and director of the Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR). (Photo via Christian Gospel Mission Taiwan)
Opening lecture: Pastor Liao, the representative of CGM, and Professor Lin, the CEO of the Center for the Study of Chinese Religion at NCCU. (Photo via Christian Gospel Mission Taiwan)
Presenters of the article: Prof. Zheng and Prof. Yeah. (Photo via Christian Gospel Mission Taiwan)
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