Heup Young Kim

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Heup Young Kim (김흡영 金洽榮, b. 1949, South Korea) is a Korean Christian theologian and a scholar of East Asian religions (Confucianism and Taoism), specialized in Asian constructive theology, interfaith dialogue, and religion and science.[1] He is Professor of Systematic Theology at Kangnam University in South Korea and was a dean of the College of Humanities and Liberal arts, the Graduate School of Theology, and the University Chapel. Kim is one of the founding members of the International Society for Science and Religion, was a co-moderator of the 6th and 7th Congress of Asian Theologians,[2] and is the current president of the Korean Society of Systematic Theology.

After graduating from the Engineering College of Seoul National University, he worked as an airplane mechanic for Korean Air Lines and then was hired to work in the Planning Office of Daewoo Corporation. During the Korean economic boom of the 70's, he became a representative of Samhwa Corporation in New York City, a general trading company (import/export) for many products, such as shoes and silk. Then, he had a religious conversion from Confucianism to Christianity, which made him dramatically move into theological studies.

He earned a M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California (directed by Claude Welch). He has carried out extensive research in the areas of Asian constructive theology, interreligious dialogue, comparative theology, and science and religion. He has been a senior fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Study of World Religions and the Doshisha University Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religions, a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge Centre for Advanced Religious Theological Studies and University of Oxford, and a visiting scholar at the Graduate Theological Union Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS).[3]

Kim has received numerous honors and awards including the Graduate Theological Union Alum of the Year for 2009,[4] the Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality (2005-6),[5] John Templeton Foundation Research grant (2004-5), and Kangnam University Most Distinguished Research Professor Award (2003). He has also published numerous works in the areas of interfaith dialogue, theology of religions, Asian theology, and science and religion, in both English and Korean, including Wang Yang-ming and Karl Barth: A Confucian-Christian Dialogue (1996), Toward a Theology of the Tao (2000), Christ and the Tao (2003), Contemporary Natural Sciences and Christianity (2006),[6] and Theology of the Tao II (2012).


  1. ^ Profile
  2. ^ Background on CATS
  3. ^ Christianity/Science/East Asian Culture Trilogue: Interview with Science & Theology News
  4. ^ GTU News; Interview with GTU Currents
  5. ^ Basic biography in the GPSS awardee list
  6. ^ Publications in English

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