Jeong Chae-Sik

Jeong Chae-Sik  (1930 in Wonju, Korea – 2022):

Jeong Chae-Sik (Chung Chai-Sik), a social ethicist and sociologist of religion, is an authority on comparative religious ethics, working at the intersection of Korean religion, society, and Christian theology. From 1990 to 2011, he served as the Walter G. Muelder Professor of Social Ethics at the Boston University School of Theology, and has been an Associate in Research at the Korea Institute of Harvard since 1996.  Before moving to BU, Dr. Jeong taught at Yonsei University for 10 years (1980 to 1990), during which time he was also the Koret Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (1986-1987).

Jeong studied under Walter George Muelder at Boston University School of Theology and Robert N. Bellah at Harvard Divinity School in the early 1960s. As a first generation Korean scholar of comparative religious social ethics, he dealt with the social and ethical issues arising from East Asia’s modern transformation, and  the encounters between East Asian religious traditions and Christianity. Jeong published numerous books and articles including Protestantism and the Formation of Modern Korea, 1884-1894 (Ph.D. dissertation, Boston University); A Korean Confucian Encounter With the Modern World: Yi Hang-No and the West (1995); Korea: The Encounter between the Gospel and Neo-Confucian Culture-Pamphlet #16 (1997); Korea, Religious Tradition, and Globalization (2001); Korean Religion and Society under Challenge: Continuity and Change (2004)

In 2011, Jeong retired at the age of eighty. He lived in Sherborn, Massachusetts until his death in April 2022 at the age of 91.


Jeong, Chae-Sik . Korea, Religious Tradition, and Globalization, Seoul: Yonsei University Press, 2001.