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.

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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.

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Jean Vanier
founder of L'Arche
"A book that is indispensable for all those who reflect upon the value of people with a disability and their place in the church. It gives significant extracts of eminent theologians and people committed in the church over the ages on this subject."

Frances Young
University of Birmingham
"From the Cappadocian Fathers and Augustine, to Vanier and Hauerwas, by way of Aquinas and Julian of Norwich, Luther and Calvin, Bonhoeffer and Barth - not to mention other unexpected bypaths - this remarkably comprehensive reader is a highly significant contribution to the burgeoning field of theological reflection on disability."

Presbyterian History
“This book has a place in conversations about disability and the meaning of being human, and in understanding that studying church history introduces us to voices that speak to contemporary issues.”

Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 
“This is a timely book on an aspect that has been scandalously neglected in theological literature — people living with disabilities. . . . The book deals with a deeply human issue in an academically interesting and theologically responsible way. It should not only be compulsory reading for studies in the field, but should also be brought to the table as part of the core business of theologians.”

Interpretation
“Makes a unique and important contribution to the ongoing discussion of disability and theology by bringing the Christian tradition to bear on the contemporary conversation. At the same time, it provides a model for faithful and creative engagement with texts from different eras.”
 
Churchman
“The quality of the contributions is excellent throughout, with much scope for reflection and utility beyond disability theology as a unique discipline. . . . This is an invaluable resource for those thinking about how to engage in this area, and to give some depth for pastoral and personal reflection on the topic.”
 
Theology
“The great contribution of this book is that it widens and deepens the conversation by bringing to the table some of the most influential writers of the Western Church tradition and courteously interrogating them for their thoughts on the subject of disability. The result is an intriguing and suggestive collection of resources. . . . The real strength of this collection is the range, scope and creativity of its contributors who, collectively, have made a contribution greater than the sum of its parts.”
 
Church Times
“The editors of this volume, with its contributors, have brought together a rich and nourishing body of work, which should both inform and stimulate debate. It approaches serious matters with sensitivity and intelligence, and is strongly recommended.”
 

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