Chae Young Kim
Professor, Sogang University
Chae Young Kim teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at Sogang University, Korea. He served as president of the Korean Association for Religious Studies from 2014-2016. He serves on the editorial board of the international journals Religion and British Journal of Religious Education. He has published diverse English articles with a comparative-dialogic perspective in the Heythrop Journal, the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Religion, Journal of Dharma, Religions and the Journal of Religion and Health. He is the translator of William James’ the Varieties of Religious Experience and Ernest Becker’s the Denial of Death into Korean. He also published Korean books and articles on William James, Bernard Lonergan, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, psychology of religion, religious education, new religious movements and contemporary religious experience in Korea.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Religions and COVID-19 in Korea
Originally we are going to plan to visit several religious institutions for the depth research of religion matters in the context of Covid-19 in Korea. But after the first session of the program, we were not allowed to implement it due to the strong outbreak of Covid-19 in Korea. So instead we chose one Buddhist institution and its concern about Covid-19 and inter-religious dialogue. So my graduate students and I did research about it and plan to publish our research on it in one of the best research journals in relation to religions. In this research we found three things. One is about the Institution’s concern about ecological issues in relation to the global outbreak of Covid-19. The second one is about the urgent invitation of inter-religous dialogue among religions beyond religious dimension. The third one is about the more concern of depth psychological dimension of religion matters for the deep encounter of religions.