다문화사회와 교회의 역할 모색

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기독교사회윤리 제27집
(2013) 305~333
다문화사회와 교회의 역할 모색
- 인권과 문화통합을 위한 토대제공의 관점에서 -
임성빈(장로회신학대학교 교수)
I. 한국사회의 다문화적 상황
II. 다문화사회의 배경: 가속화되는 세계화
III. 다문화주의의 도전과 과제
IV. 다문화사회 사회통합의 위협요인으로서의 민족주의
V. 다문화사회 통합을 위한 교회의 역할: 인권과 통합적 문화형성을 위한
토대 제공
1. 역사적 관점에서
2. 성경-신학적 관점에서
3. 사회통합을 선도하는 화해자로서의 교회와 인권
306 기독교사회윤리 제27집
∙ ABSTRACT ∙
Multicultural Society and Roles of Korean Church: from The Perspective of
Preparation for Human Rights and Social Cultural Integration
Yim, Sung Bihn
The world is getting smaller and integrated in diverse dimensions, due to the
acceleration of globalization. But, on the other hand, a life of a person and community are being scattered. Due to the labor market change, family members are
being scattered to find a work all over the world. Local communities are controlled by the market values. People are at a point of losing their traditional culture by the profit oriented foreign cultures. In a situation like this, the church has
to do not only comfort the dis-connected and isolated communities but also try to
provide the concrete ways to guarantee their rights as human beings and promote
the socially inclusive culture.
Christian social ethics should always concern the least ones first. Under these
circumstances, Churches should promote the global culture which protects all human rights and security, especially for the migrant people. The time like this is an
opportunity for the church to fully function as a critical majority to bring a constructive social integration. Korean church should enhance the cultural understanding of migrant workers to facilitate their settlement in Korea in order to accommodate the cultural diversity caused by the accelerated globalization.
The criticism that the Korean church receives as not having fulfilled her social
responsibility is, at the same time, pointing to the fact that the Korean Christian
has not truly lived a life of faith. Therefore, we must first re-affirm the basics of
what it means to be a Christian. The acknowledgement of the close relationship
between faith and life, a new confession of the sovereignty of God, and a continuous self-renewal founded on the confession of deep rooted sins are important
pre-requirements that need to be addressed in order for the Korean church to
properly carry out her social responsibility. Such a life of re-evaluation and re-assessment of the basic foundations of faith help the individual Christian to live a
more responsible life as a citizen, combining a life of “love God” with a life of

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