Illuminated crosses are displayed above a church, before the city skyline of Seoul, on May 18, 2017. Friday’s inter-Korean summit is renewing hope that North and South Korea could enter a new era of engagement. But one group of South Koreans has historically been uncomfortable with the thought of getting cozier with the North: Conservative Christians. To make sense of that, understanding the peninsula’s recent history is crucial. The three-way conversation between the South, North and the U. South Korean presidents have approached the North in the past. For decades after the Korean War, which ended in 1953, Christian missionaries from the U.
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As Korean Christians began to prosper, they formed a powerful and politically-conservative cohort that is closely allied with the U.