The Bondage of the Eye/I? A Transnational Feminist Wager for Reimagining the Doctrine of Sin

  • Joy Ann McDougall


This chapter examines how a North Atlantic feminist theology of sin crosses an intercultural bridge to address gender injustices in the South Korean context. Drawing on postcolonial feminist scholarship, I address how to overcome stereotypes of Asian “woman-ness”and the binary between global women’s solidarity and respect for Asian women’s diverse life-circumstances. Against this postcolonial backdrop, I reimagine the Protestant understanding of “the bondage of the will” as “the bondage of the Eye/I,” in order to analyze how personal agency, gender constructions, and systemic forces collude to block women’s and men’s vision of their unique and divinely given identities. I test my transnational doctrinal wager about sin, by directing it towards a long-standing concern of Korean feminists: the devaluation and structural sexual violence against Asian women’s bodies in the global marketplace.


Asian Woman Korean Woman Indigenous Woman Global Marketplace Christian Theology 
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