Imago Dei, Friendship, and the Theology of Self-Esteem

  • Jaeyeon Lucy Chung
Part of the Asian Christianity in the Diaspora book series (ACID)


This chapter, employing a “critically revised correlational method,” aims to reconstruct a feminist practical theology of relational self-esteem through an interdisciplinary dialogue and appropriation among Korean women’s experiences, social-cultural-religious situations, psychological theories, and reinterpretations of traditions. In constructing a normative ground for relational self-esteem in light of Korean women’s experiences as well as biblical, Christian, and Confucian traditions, a new form of theology emerges. The fundamental understanding of mutuality and self-esteem is based on a biblical concept of imago Dei, an idea that is embodied in the Christian and Confucian models of friendship, a theme that has often been overlooked in Korean Christian teachings.


Imago Dei Mutual relationship Practical theology Confucian friendship Feminist theology 


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  • Jaeyeon Lucy Chung
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  1. 1.Garrett-Evangelical Theological SeminaryEvanstonUSA

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