Reconsidering Intellectual Disability: L'Arche, Medical Ethics, and Christian Friendship

Reconsidering Intellectual Disability: L'Arche, Medical Ethics, and Christian Friendship

by Jason Reimer Greig

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ISBN-13: 9781626162433
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 11/02/2015
Series: Moral Traditions series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jason Reimer Greig spent eleven years with L'Arche, an international federation of Christian communities supporting people with intellectual disabilities, as a house assistant and spiritual life coordinator. He holds an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and is working on his PhD in theology at VU Free University of Amsterdam.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. A New Approach to an Old Dilemma: The Ashley Treatment and Its Respondents

2. Exposing the Power of Medicine through a Christian Body Politics

3. Disability, Society, and Theology: The Benefits and Limitations of the Social Model of Disability

4. No Longer Slaves but Friends: Social Recognition and the Power of Friendship

5. The Church as a Community of Friends: Embodying the Strange Politics of the Kingdom

6. Beholding the Politics of the Impossible: L'Arche as an Embodiment of the Church as a Community of Friends

ConclusionBibliographyIndex

What People are Saying About This

Mary Jo Iozzio

Thought-provoking, challenging, and instructive, Greig takes Jesus’ foot-washing and farewell discourse (John 13-17) to his own and others’ friendships in L’Arche communities as the key to unlocking the medicalizing objectification of people with profound disabilities. In a critique of a Baconian influence on medical practice and philosophical thought that denies people with disabilities their personhood and relational potential, he exposes the uncritical assumption of this thought in clinical bioethics, exemplified in the 'Ashley Treatment,' persuading practitioners and the public to embrace ultimately alienating medical interventions.

From the Publisher

"Greig has given us in Reconsidering Intellectual Disability not only an extraordinary, erudite analysis of the issues surrounding the people we call 'mentally disabled,' but this is even more a profound book whose humanity has implications far and beyond the book's explicit subject. This is the book that must be read by anyone concerned with care of the handicapped. I would rather say, however, that this is a book that must be read by anyone seeking to know how to live well."—Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School, Duke University

"Reconsidering Intellectual Disability is a profoundly insightful and challenging work that will undoubtedly make a substantial contribution to the fields of Christian theology and ethics, medical ethics, and disability studies. Greig compellingly argues that a Christian theology of friendship is best equipped to see persons with severe disabilities not as problems to be solved, but as important members of the community whom we are called to befriend precisely in order that they can befriend, bless, and enrich us. Greig reminds us that a Christian account of friendship begins in an unwavering awareness of our own inescapable dependence and vulnerability, and that it is exactly that awareness that summons us to reach out in care and compassion to those who can teach us best what it means to love."—Paul Wadell, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, St. Norbert College

"Thought-provoking, challenging, and instructive, Greig takes Jesus' foot-washing and farewell discourse (John 13-17) to his own and others' friendships in L'Arche communities as the key to unlocking the medicalizing objectification of people with profound disabilities. In a critique of a Baconian influence on medical practice and philosophical thought that denies people with disabilities their personhood and relational potential, he exposes the uncritical assumption of this thought in clinical bioethics, exemplified in the 'Ashley Treatment,' persuading practitioners and the public to embrace ultimately alienating medical interventions."—Mary Jo Iozzio, Professor of Moral Theology, Boston College

Stanley Hauerwas

Greig has given us in Reconsidering Intellectual Disability not only an extraordinary, erudite analysis of the issues surrounding the people we call 'mentally disabled,' but this is even more a profound book whose humanity has implications far and beyond the book's explicit subject. This is the book that must be read by anyone concerned with care of the handicapped. I would rather say, however, that this is a book that must be read by anyone seeking to know how to live well.

Paul Wadell

Reconsidering Intellectual Disability is a profoundly insightful and challenging work that will undoubtedly make a substantial contribution to the fields of Christian theology and ethics, medical ethics, and disability studies. Greig compellingly argues that a Christian theology of friendship is best equipped to see persons with severe disabilities not as problems to be solved, but as important members of the community whom we are called to befriend precisely in order that they can befriend, bless, and enrich us. Greig reminds us that a Christian account of friendship begins in an unwavering awareness of our own inescapable dependence and vulnerability, and that it is exactly that awareness that summons us to reach out in care and compassion to those who can teach us best what it means to love.

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