The uprooting of North Korean Christianity

In my last post, I quoted Thomas Kidd’s assertion that the North Korean regime has “so effectively eliminated Christianity that most escapees have virtually no knowledge of the religion.”

Peter Leithart recently posted an item about this development:

In her numbing account of North Korea, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea, Barbara Demick observes that what set Kim Il-sung apart among twentieth-century tyrants was his sensitivity to the uses of faith: “His maternal uncle was a Protestant minister back in the pre-Communist days when Pyongyang had such a vibrant Christian community that it was called the ‘Jerusalem of the East.’ Once in power, Kim Il-sung closed the churches, banned the Bible, deported believers to the hinterlands, and appropriated Christian imagery and dogma for the purpose of self-promotion.”

See the rest of his short post for examples of how the regime appropriated Christian rhetoric for its purposes.


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