Disability in the Christian Tradition: A Reader  -     Edited By: Brian Brock, John Swinton
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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2012 / Paperback

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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. However, Disability and the Christian Tradition is the first collection of writings that deal exclusively with this important question.

Brian Brock and John Swinton's work brings together for the first time the views of renowned Christian leaders throughout history--including:
  • Augustine
  • Aquinas
  • Julian of Norwich
  • Luther
  • Calvin
  • Hegel
  • Kierkegaard
  • van den Bergh
  • Bonhoeffer
  • Barth
  • Vanier
  • Hauerwas
Fourteen 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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 528
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802866026
ISBN-13: 9780802866028
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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.

Author Bio

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.

Endorsements

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.
-Jean Vanier
founder of L'Arche

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.
-Frances Young
University of Birmingham

Editorial Reviews

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."
 

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