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Building the Church and Missionizing in a ‘Religiously Indifferent’ Country: Korean Protestant Churches in Czechia

In: Journal of Religion in Europe
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Andrea Beláňová Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, andrea.belanova@soc.cas.cz

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Tomáš Havlíček Faculty of Science, Charles University

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Kamila Klingorová Faculty of Science, Charles University

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Zdeněk Vojtíšek Hussite Theological Faculty, Charles University

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Czechia could be labeled as country of an indifferent approach to religious ideas, as religious faith is considered a private issue, and the role of religion in the public sphere is low. This article summarizes the first attempt to research Korean Protestant churches active in current Czechia. A total of fourteen churches is briefly overviewed stating that the churches are not successful in gaining new members throughout the Czech population. Also, a clear distinction cannot be drawn between diaspora and missionary churches, but rather mixed types can be observed. The findings show that the churches do not accommodate their mission strategies according to the religiously indifferent milieu in Czechia, mostly because the missionaries are not aware of this situation. Moreover, language is identified as the main barrier in communication. We conclude by stating that this topic is poorly understudied and difficult to follow due to its dynamic yet closed nature.

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