Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader

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Brian Brock, John Swinton
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Sep 6, 2012 - Religion - 564 pages
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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Contents

Early Christian Attitudes
24
Augustines Hierarchies of Human Wholeness
65
Broken Flesh
101
Seeing with Iulian of Norwich
152
Kierkegaard
286
Willem Van den Bergh
321
Barth on the Concrete Freedom of Human Life
391
Women Disabled
427
Iean Vaniers Theological Realism
467
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
546
INDEX OF SUBJECTS
554
INDEX OF SCRIPTURE
562
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Brian Brock is lecturer in moral and practical theology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the author of Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture and has written extensively on medical ethics and disability theology.

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

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