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Religions 2016, 7(10), 124;

Does Transnational Experience Constrain Religiosity? Korean Evangelical Women’s Discourse on LGBT Persons

Department of Sociology, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 12222, USA
Academic Editor: Jill Peterfeso
Received: 20 June 2016 / Revised: 17 September 2016 / Accepted: 26 September 2016 / Published: 10 October 2016
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A large literature studies the views and discourses of Western, and especially American, conservative Christians with respect to homosexuality; only a few examine the discourse of Christians in non-Western countries, and none focuses on non-Western Christians with advanced, overseas education and careers. This paper examines the discourse of South Korean Evangelical women with overseas, educational or career experiences. I draw on 15 in-depth interviews with current and former members of a Seoul-based, Evangelical mega-church. Transnational, evangelical women show comparatively mild-minded and tolerant views toward homosexuality and LGBT persons. The women illustrated two pathways to reconcile their conflicting beliefs in conservative religion and human rights: first, the values of equity and meritocracy; and second, personal contacts with LGBT persons. This study suggests that for transnational migrants, traditional religiosity is challenged and constrained by sustained experiences in liberal, pluralistic societies. View Full-Text
Keywords: Christian; evangelical; LGBT; woman; discourses; transnationalism Christian; evangelical; LGBT; woman; discourses; transnationalism
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