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The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women's Christology

The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women's ChristologyThe Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women's Christology by Grace Ji-Sun Kim
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have drawn from this book a couple of different times when preparing sermons, because I like some of what she has to say about grace and its role in healing and transformation. I finally decided to read the entire book.

Much is familiar to anyone who has read any feminist or Asian theology, criticizing elements of patriarchy and racism in traditional Western theology. But there are some interesting elements.

One is her discussion of syncretism. Syncretism often has a bad name, but she discusses its appearance in the bible -- many elements of Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Greek, etc. cultures do appear. She believes that it is unavoidable, particularly in a multi-cultural, multi-faith environment.

Because of that she thinks that there are Asian wisdom traditions that can be drawn upon to find touchstones with Christian theology. Wisdom, Sophia, is particularly open to this, as she reveals the connections between Hebrew Hokmah and the Egyptian goddess Isis.

There are feminine, syncretistic elements to traditional images of God and Christ. Emphasizing these elements, and connecting them to elements of Korean culture, open up possibilities for liberation and healing of Korean North American women.

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