Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader

Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader


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For two millennia Christians have thought about what human impairment is and how faith communities and society should respond to people with perceived impairments. But never has one volume collected the most significant Christian writings on disability. This book fills that gap.
Brian Brock and John Swinton's Disability in the Christian Tradition brings together for the first time key writings by thinkers from all periods of Christian history - including Augustine, Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, Luther, Calvin, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Bonhoeffer, Barth, Hauerwas, and more. Fourteen contemporary experts in theology and disability studies guide readers through each era or group of thinkers, offering clear commentary and highlighting important themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802866028
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/06/2012
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)

About the Author

Brian Brock is lecturer in moral and practical theology atthe University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the author ofSinging the Ethos of God: On the Place of ChristianEthics in Scripture and has written extensively onmedical ethics and disability theology. For moreinformation, visit the University of Aberdeen website.

John Swinton is professor of practical theology andpastoral care at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, andfounding director of the Centre for Spirituality, Health,and Disability at Aberdeen. His other books includeSpirituality and Mental Health Care, Resurrecting thePerson, and From Bedlam to Shalom.

Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Introduction: Disability and the Quest for the Human Brian Brock 1

1 The Patristic Era: Early Christian Attitudes toward the Disfigured Outcast Almut Caspary 24

2 Augustine's Hierarchies of Human Wholeness and Their Healing Brian Brock 65

3 Aquinas on the corporis infirmitas: Broken Flesh and the Grammar of Grace Miguel J. Romero 101

4 A Ravishing and Restful Sight: Seeing with Julian of Norwich Amy Laura Hall 152

5 The Human Condition as Seen from the Cross: Luther and Disability Stefan Heuser 184

6 John Calvin and Disability Deborah Beth Creamer 216

7 To Develop Relational Autonomy: On Hegel's View of People with Disabilities Martin Wendte 251

8 Between Necessity and Possibility: Kierkegaard and the Abilities and Disabilities of Subjectivity Christopher Craig Brittain 286

9 People Are Born from People: Willem Van den Bergh on Mentally Disabled People Marjolein de Mooij 321

10 "My Strength Is Made Perfect in Weakness": Bonhoeffer and the War over Disabled Life Bernd Wannenwetsch 353

11 This Ability: Barth on the Concrete Freedom of Human Life Donald Wood 391

12 Women, Disabled Jana Bennett 427

13 Being with the Disabled: Jean Vanier's Theological Realism Hans S. Reinders 467

14 The Importance of Being a Creature: Stanley Hauerwas on Disability John Swinton 512

Acknowledgments 546

Index of Authors 551

Index of Subjects 554

Index of Scripture 562

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