Faculty & Staff

Song-Chong Lee, Ph.D.
Song-Chong Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion and Chair of Religion and Philosophy
Year started at UF: 2008
Contact Information
Office Location: Religious Studies Faculty Office Room E
Telephone: 419-434-5470
B.Th., Asia United Theological University
M.A., Ohio University
Ph.D., Temple University
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    Academic Credentials:

    Ph.D. in Religion, Temple University
    Master of Arts in Southeast Asia Studies, Ohio University 
    B. TH., Asia United Theological University

    Dr. Song-Chong Lee is an associate professor of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Temple University. His scholarly and teaching interests include comparative religion, modern interpretation of Neo-Confucianism, Korean Christian philosophy (Ham Seok-Heon), and religious education. He teaches the courses for the Comparative Religion Emphasis in the department's curriculum, along with Introduction to Religion. 

    Professor Lee was awarded a $5000 Summer Research fellowship in 2013, by the Wabash Center funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., for his proposal "A Philosophical Problem of the Korean Church's Missiological Use of Sports." He is currently serving as an editorial board member of Religions, which is indexed by ​Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science) and Scopus, and of Bloomsbury Academic’s series inEast Asian Religions (BSEARs). In 2018, He edited a special issue on Korean Religion​: The Role and Meaning of Religion for Korean Society (Link).  Dr. Lee is also working on his monograph on the cosmopolitanism of Ham Seok-Heon, one of the most prominent religious thinkers, historians, and political activists of modern Korea. This project is contracted with Lexington Books. 


  • Professor Lee was selected for ​​​​the UF-USSH Faculty/Staff Exchange Program in the summer of 2019. ​He visited ​Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (Uiniversity of Social Sciences and Humanities) for three weeks. Hosted by the Korean Studies Program, he gave lectures to students​, local religious leaders, and the public. The themes of his lectures included religious education in America, Big Questions of Life, Happiness, and Demystifying Islam. ​

    Professor Lee is currently serving as an editor of Religions (Arts & Humanities Citation Index and Scopus). He has also recently served as an external reviewer for the University of California Press (Nova Religio), the State University of New York Press, and Teaching Theology & Religion (TTR, Wiley). He was selected as one of the participants in the 2012-13 Wabash Workshop for Pre-Tenure Religion Faculty at College and Universities, offered by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. In this workshop, 14 faculty gathered for three successive intensive workshop sessions throughout the year to discuss issues of effective teaching in the field of religious studies. 

    Most recently, Professor Lee participated in the 2019 NetVUE conference held in Louisville to explore the understanding of vocation to find a meaningful connection between professional success and the common good. He is currently serving as a co-director of the NetVUE grant: Meaningful Lives and Productive Careers: Thinking Theologically about Life and Work. ​

    Wabash Center

    Chair of the Asian Religion section, American Academy of Religion-MAR (Mid-Atlantic Region).


    Guest Editor for the Speical Issue of Korean Religion: The Role and Meaning of Religion for Korean Society​ (Link​)​



    Selected Publications: Books

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    Ham Sok Hon's Ssial Cosmopolitan Vision, Lexington Books, 2020. 

    Religious Conflict and Coexistence: the Korean Context and Beyond, edited by Yohan Yoo and Song-Chong Lee, Religions, MDPI, 2020.

    Life of Meaning Anthology: Introductory Readings in Religion (1st edition), edited by Song-Chong Lee, Dale Brougher, and Louis Stulman, Cognella Academic Publishing, 2020. 

    The Role and Meaning of Religion for Korean Society, edited by Song-Chong Lee, Religions, MDPI, 2019. 

    Leonard Swidler, Jesus was a feminist, Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 (Trans. into Korean, Faith and Intelligence, 2017)

    Big Questions for the Seeker, (청년의 빅퀘스천), Chaek-euro-yeoneun-saesang, Korea, June, 2016.

    ​Book Chapters in Edited  Volumes 

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    "A Philosophical Problem of the Korean Church's Missiological Use of Sports," Sport in Korea: History, Development, Management, edited by Dae Hee Kwak, Yong Jae Ko, Inkyu Kang, and Mark Rosentraub, Routledge, 2017. 

    "Lesson from Paul on Interreligious Dialogue," in the Global Perspectives on the New Testament, edited by Mark Roncace, Pearson, 2013. 

    “Deuteronomy as a Lesson on How to Treat the Oppressed,” in the Global Perspectives on the Bible, edited by Mark Roncace, Pearson, 2013. 

    Journal Articles/Papers 

    "Ham Sok Hon, a Pioneer of Korean Cosmopolitanism," Religions, 11 (6): 299, 2020.

    "An Aristotelian Interpretation of Bojo Jinul's Eclecticism and an Enhanced Moral Grounding," Religions, 11 (4): 193, 2020.

    "Boundary-Breaking Disposition against Post-Truth: Five Big Questions for Religious Education," Religions, 9, 316. 2018.

    "Mapping the Gohonzon," Forum of Tactics for Teaching the Materiality of Scripture, Teaching Theology and Religion, Wiley-Blackwell, Vol.19 No. 2, 2016. 

    "Hinduism and Neo-Confucianism on the Ideal Self," Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion, Vol. 16, pp. 83-115, 2012.

    "Revisiting the Confucian Norms in Korean Church Growth," International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Vol.1, no. 13, Special Edition, 2011.

    Book Reviews 

    "The Postcolonial Self: Korean Immigrant Theology and Church, Choi Hee An, SUNY, 2015. Nova Religio, University of California Press, 2017.

    "Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age." Louise Starkey, New York, NY: Routledge, 2012. Teaching Theology & Religion, Wiley-Blackwell, Vol 17, Issue 3, 2014. 

    "The Internationalization of East Asian Higher Education, Globalization's Impact." Edited by John D. Paler, Amy Robert, Young Ha Cho, and Gregory S. Ching, New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Teaching Theology & Religion, Wiley-Blackwell, Vol 16, Issue 4. 2013.

    Public Writing

    "In the Classroom, Race is More than Race," Race Matters in the Classroom, the Wabash Center-Link

    "The university community should be proactive against sexual assaults on campus," Chosun Ilbo, December 12, 2014. (in Korean only)-Link

    "Anticipating the Post-Sewol Korea," The Kyunghyang Shinmun, June 11, 2014. (in Korean only)-Link

    "The Korean Wave that I encountered in the American Midwest," Chosun Ilbo, May 24, 2012. (in Korean only)-Link


    Invited Lecture

    “An Aristotelian Interpretation of Bojo Chinul's Eclecticism as an Enhanced Moral Grounding," The World Religious Peace Committee, Jeonju, Korea, October 8, 2019. 

    "The Ssial as a Paradigmatic Reconciliation on Happiness," Religion, Politics & Happiness in Korea, Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan, October 27, 2018. 

    "Asking Big Questions and Assessing Religious Education in American Higher Education," Prestigious Foreign Scholar Lecture, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, July 6, 2018. 

    Peer Reviewed Presentations

    “An Aristotelian Interpretation of Bojo Chinul's Eclecticism as an Enhanced Moral Grounding," Midwest Conference of Asian Affairs (MCAA), Michigan State University, October 4, 2019.​

    "Spiritual Intelligence for Happiness," American Academy of Religion, Eastern International Region, McGill University, Canada, April 13, 2019. 

    "A Korean Criticism of the Kantian Foundation of Global Community," American Academy of Religion, Mid-Atlantic Region, New Brunswick, March 1, 2019. 

    "Boundary-breaking Disposition against Post-Truth: Five Big Questions for Religious Education," The Korean Society for Literature and Religion, Sahmyook University, Seoul, Korea, July 5 2018. 

    "Ham Seok-Heon's Ssial as Derridean Singularity, for Cosmopolitanism," American Academy of Religion, Mid-Atlantic Region, New Brunswick, March 15, 2018. 

    "Ham Seok-Heon's Ssial as a State of Nature for the Cosmopolitan Community," the North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA), Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, Oct 26, 2017.

    "Ham Seok-Heon's Anthropology for Cosmopolitanism," American Academy of Religion (EIR), the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, April 29, 2017.

    "Ham Seok-Heon's Personal Identity Theory and Cosmopolitanism, the North American Korean Philosophy Association (NAKPA), the American Philosophical Association, Baltimore, MD, January 4, 2017. 

    "Peace Community by the Power of the Ssial (the grassroots/masses)," Spirituality, Morality and Justice: East and West, International and Interdisciplinary Conference, New York Theological Seminary, New York, October 8, 2016. 

    "The Violence of the SCJ (the Sincheonji Church) and the Entrepreneurial Model," American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, November 20, 2015. 

    "Ham Seok-Heon's Religious Syncretism as a Theoretical Framework of Cosmopolitanism," Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Indianapolis, November 1, 2014. 

    "An Evaluation of the Shincheonji Church in the Entrepreneurial/Expansionist Model," Conference: Language, Culture, and Reality: East and West, University of Pennsylvania, October 4, 2014.

    Turning the Dharma Wheel for the Soul," Eastern International Regional Conference, American Academy of Religion, Syracuse University, May 3, 2014. 

    "Ham Seok-Heon's Ssial Philosophy for Global Civility," Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, the American Academy of Religion, Mount Saint Mary College, March 8, 2014. 

    "Mapping the Gohonzon," the Society for Comparative Research on Iconic and Performative Texts (SCRIPT), the American Academy of Religion/SBL, Baltimore, November 23, 2013.

    "A Philosophical Problem of the Korean Church's Missiological Use of Sports," (Re)-Discovering Sport in Korea: Guts, Glory, and Geurimja Conference, the Nam Center, University of Michigan, October 11-12, 2013. 

    "Cyber Karma," Midwest Regional Conference, the American Academy of Religion, Ohio Northern University, April 12, 2013.

     "Cyberspace as the Seventh Realm in Buddhist Ethics," American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, Atlanta, December 27, 2012.

     "The Korean Wave for the Korean Church?" American Academy of Religion, EIR, the University of Waterloo & Wilfred Laurier College, May 5, 2012. 

     "A Reflection on the Korean Evangelical Church's Approach to Interreligious Dialogue," American Academy of Religion, Mid-Atlantic Region, New Brunswick, March 15, 2012.

     "Confucian Cultural Obstacles to Leonard Swidler's Ten Ground Rules for Interreligious Dialogue," Living Well in the 21st Century: Challenge and Responses, International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Barry University, September 16, 2011. 

     "Encountering a New Minjung," International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Davis & Elkins College, November 13-14, 2010. 

     "An Existentialist Interpretation of Dharma in the Hindu Pursuit of the True Self," Conference on Indian Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, October, 8-9, 2010. 

     "The Confucian Ethos in Korean Church Growth, International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Davis and Elkins College, November 10, 2009.

    "Hinduism and Confucianism on the Excellent Man, Conference on Self, Knowledge and Reality in Indian Traditions, The University of California, Berkeley, California, October 31, 2009.

     "Confucius and Reinhold Niebuhr on the Absolute Ideal," International and Interdisciplinary Conference, Davis & Elkins College, November 14-15, 2008.

     "On Reinhold Niebuhr's Paradoxical Anthropology," American Academy of Religion, the Mid-Atlantic Conference, Baltimore, March 1, 2007.

     "Reinhold Niebuhr's Realism and a Criticism of Korean Political Culture," American Academy of Religion, the Upper-Midwest Conference, Luther Seminary, April 14, 2007.

     "Shamanism and Korean Politics," The Conference on Politics, Pluralism, and Religion, Mankato, Minnesota State University, April 13, 2007.