a highly controversial Korean NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENT which gained much publicity in the 1970s. The full name of the movement is The Holy Spirit Association for The Unification of World Christianity, and was founded in 1954 by an engineer Sun Myung MOON. The principle document is The Divine Principle which lays out its fundamental teachings. The THEOLOGY of the CHURCH is one of the most comprehensive found in any of the New Religious Movements. It consists of a systematic attempt to interpret the BIBLE from the perspective of Korean thought based on CONFUCIAN and BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY with insights gained from Korean SHAMANISM. The result is one of the most comprehensive efforts yet to produce an intellectually defensible non-Western theological system based on the BIBLE. Among the many ideas generated by this theology, which are likely to influence similar non-Western theologies in the future, are Indemnity, the Fourfold Position, the idea of the Principle, and the Lord of the Second Advent.

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