An ancient carving of Ichthys

Early followers of Christianity began to use the symbol of the fish (Ichthys) to identify themselves to fellow believers. It was safer than the cross which became too easily identifiable and made easy targets of early Christians. The fish was an obvious choice as it became a pictorial symbol that…


The Creation of Adam, Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo

In this lecture, professor Evans talked about Chirianity’s official stance towards knowledge that is produced by religion and science. He further breaks it down to Catholicism and Protestantism. While Catholicism takes a somewhat official stance towards knowledge, Protestantism does not. For instance, every Pope since the 1930s has come out…


In this week’s lecture, Professor John Evans talked about possible conflicts between religion and science. He outlined several in his lecture. First, there is conflict over a . This focuses on the method by which knowledge is obtained. There can be no agreement between Christians who only look…


Now that school is over, I was searching through Coursera for another course I could take during this summer and I decided to look outside my comfort zone. I have always been interested in the relationship between science and religion. This course examines some key questions such as “What kind…


Around 1,200 years ago, a bronze bell weighing upwards of 19 tons was cast and to this day, maintains its original shape and clarity of sound. This bell is the largest temple bell (beomjong) that currently exists in Korea at 3.75 meters high with a diameter of 2.4 meters. At…


One of the secrets which allowed for the preservation of the grotto is the ventilation system that the Silla builders used to combat the normal humidity that would have occurred otherwise inside the man-made cave. They took advantage of a natural feature in the mountain itself, a spring, by digging…


Entrance to the grotto

A few posts ago, I wrote about the famous Buddhist temple Bulguksa. Today, I would like to talk about another special structure, the Seokguram Grotto (715 C.E.) which is about 3 kilometers away from the temple, and the Buddha statue (751 C.E.) which exists inside the grotto. Though I’ve never…


Constructed in 647 C.E

This structure is one of Korea’s most well-known and beloved treasures. However, not a lot is known about why this structure was built or how they even built it. …


View of the temple from the left or starting point

The first lecture dealt with one of if not the most famous Buddhist temples in Korea, Bulguksa. When Buddhism was first introduced to Korea in the 4th century BCE, ancient Korea was divided into Three Kingdoms, Silla, Baekje, and Goguryeo. Silla was the last kingdom to receive Buddhism (5th century)…


Having lived and studied in Korea for the first half of my life, students were taught all about the amazing scientific and technological advances of our ancient Korean forefathers. As Korean history is closely linked with that of ancient China, we learned quite a lot about China’s contribution to the…

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