Paul Beirne, MA, MDiv, DMin, PhD

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Paul Beirne holds an MA in East Asian Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, a Masters in Divinity from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics at the University of Queensland.

Paul’s book, Su-un and His World of Symbols: The Founder of Korea’s First Indigenous Religion, was published by Ashgate Publishers in Great Britain in 2009. A book chapter, “Tonghak Ch’ǒndogyo” was published in the Handbook of East Asian New Religious Movements, Brill: Leiden, 2018. Paul’s academic interests focus on the symbols and mystical traditions of East Asian religions.

Paul is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Divinity and the Director of Heart of Life: Centre for Spiritual & Pastoral Formation located in Box Hill.

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