Disabled God: Toward a Liberatory Theology of Disability / Edition 1

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Draws on themes of the disability-rights movement to identify people with disabilities as members of a socially disadvantaged minority group rather than as individuals who need to adjust. Highlights the hidden history of people with disabilities in church and society. Proclaiming the emancipatory presence of the disabled God, the author maintains the vital importance of the relationship between Christology and social change. Eiesland contends that in the Eucharist, Christians encounter the disabled God and may participate in new imaginations of wholeness and new embodiments of justice.

The author, who is disabled, argues that the "hidden history" of nonconventional bodies living ordinary lives with grace and dignity, disgust and disillusion, can make both a theological and pastoral contribution. She affirms that bodies in trouble, that lumber and plod their way through life, are in full continuity with humans' ordinary lives, filled with blessings and curses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687108015
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 1,007,824
  • Product dimensions: 0.33 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy L. Eiesland is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Her recent publications include The Disabled God (Abingdon Press, 1994) and Contemporary American Religion (1997, with Penny Becker).
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 13
Ch. 1 Coming to Terms 19
Accessible Theological Method 20
The Social Construction of Disability 23
Coming to Terms 25
Ch. 2 Bodies of Knowledge 31
Diane DeVries 33
Nancy Mairs 40
Toward a Liberatory Theology: Themes from Our Lives 46
Ch. 3 The Body Politics 49
New Bodies: Veterans and Children with Disabilities 50
Managed Bodies: Vocational and Medical Rehabilitation 51
Political Bodies: The Growth of a Civil Rights Movement 53
Bodies in Society: Sociological Paradigms of Disability 57
Toward a Liberatory Theology: Empowering Frameworks 66
Ch. 4 Carnal Sins 69
Disabling Theology 70
An American Tragedy 75
Liberating Commitment and Consistency 86
Ch. 5 The Disabled God 89
On Incarnating Liberation 90
Acting Out and Holding Our Bodies Together 94
The Disabled God 98
Theological Implications of the Disabled God 100
Bearing Our Bodies 105
Ch. 6 Sacramental Bodies 107
The Church as Communion of Struggle 108
Eucharist as Body Practice 111
Laying on of Hands 116
A Eucharistic Practice 118
Notes 121
Selected Bibliography 129
Index 137
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