Young Oon Kim

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Young Oon Kim
Born 1914
Died 1989 (aged 74–75)
Religion Unification Church
Korean name
Hangul 김영운
Revised Romanization Kim Yeong-un
McCune–Reischauer Kim Yŏng'un

Young Oon Kim (1914–1989) was a leading theologian of the Unification Church and its first missionary to the United States.[1]

Career[edit]

Kim was a professor of religion at Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea. After she joined the Unification Church, church founder Sun Myung Moon sent her to the United States as a missionary in January 1959.[2] In the 1960s, while a missionary in Oregon and California, she worked to promote Unification Church theology to mainstream Christian churches. She was also the first person to translate the Divine Principle, the basic textbook of Unification Church teaching, from Korean to English.[3] From 1975 to 1988 she was a Professor of Systematic Theology at the Unification Theological Seminary in Barrytown, New York, and the first Unification Church member on the faculty there.[4]

Works[edit]

  • A study of symbols and allegories in the Fourth Gospel, 1951, Victoria University, Toronto
  • The Divine Principles, 1963, The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity (Unification Church)
  • Divine Principle and its Application, 1980, The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity
  • For God's Sake, 1972, The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity
  • World Religions: Living religions of the Middle East, 1976, Golden Gate Publishing Company
  • World Religions: India's religious quest, 1976, Golden Gate Publishing Company
  • World Religions: Faiths of the Far East, 1976, Golden Gate Publishing Company
  • Unification theology & Christian thought, 1976, Golden Gate Publishing Company
  • Unification Theology, 1980, The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity
  • New methods of group Bible study in Korea: with focus on the Korean Methodist Church, 1982, San Francisco Theological Seminary
  • The Types of Modern Theology, 1983, The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity
  • An introduction to theology, 1983, The Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity
  • Unification theology in comparative perspectives, 1988, Unification Theological Seminary

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References[edit]

  1. ^ J. Isamu Yamamoto, 1994, Unification Church: Zondervan guide to cults & religious movements, Zondervan, ISBN 0-310-70381-6 pages 8 and 22
  2. ^ Rodney Stark, Roger Finke, Acts of faith: explaining the human side of religion, University of California Press, 2000 ISBN 0-520-22202-4 page 116
  3. ^ James R. Lewis, Olav Hammer, The invention of sacred tradition, Cambridge University Press, 2007, ISBN 0-521-86479-8 pages 124 and 131.
  4. ^ Young Oon Kim: A Woman of many "Firsts", Unification Theological Seminary