Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader

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  • Copyright: 2012-09-06
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co

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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. Brian Brock and John Swinton's Disability in the Christian Tradition brings together for the first time key writings on disability 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 lucid commentary and highlighting important themes. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Brian Brock is lecturer in moral and practical theology at the University of Aberdeen. John Swinton is professor of practical theology and pastoral care at the University of Aberdeen.

Table of Contents

Contributorsp. ix
Introduction: Disability and the Quest for the Humanp. 1
The Patristic Era: Early Christian Attitudes toward the Disfigured Outcastp. 24
Augustine's Hierarchies of Human Wholeness and Their Healingp. 65
Aquinas on the corporis infirmitas: Broken Flesh and the Grammar of Gracep. 101
A Ravishing and Restful Sight: Seeing with Julian of Norwichp. 152
The Human Condition as Seen from the Cross: Luther and Disabilityp. 184
John Calvin and Disabilityp. 216
To Develop Relational Autonomy: On Hegel's View of People with Disabilitiesp. 251
Between Necessity and Possibility: Kierkegaard and the Abilities and Disabilities of Subjectivityp. 286
People Are Born from People: Willem Van den Bergh on Mentally Disabled Peoplep. 321
"My Strength Is Made Perfect in Weakness": Bonhoeffer and the War over Disabled Lifep. 353
This Ability: Barth on the Concrete Freedom of Human Lifep. 391
Women, Disabledp. 427
Being with the Disabled: Jean Vanier's Theological Realismp. 467
The Importance of Being a Creature: Stanley Hauerwas on Disabilityp. 512
Acknowledgmentsp. 546
Index of Authorsp. 551
Index of Subjectsp. 554
Index of Scripturep. 562
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