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God Beyond Words

Author: Jill Harshaw
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784503029
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In this groundbreaking book, Jill Harshaw explores the spiritual experiences of people with profound intellectual disabilities with regard to their capacity to enjoy life-giving spiritual experiences in their own right. The author expertly argues that our thinking of spiritual life needs to start not with our assumptions about people who are unable to speak for themselves, but with what we can know about God. Stimulating a much-needed discussion, this book explains why we need to respect individuals with profound intellectual disabilities as spiritual persons, and stop seeing them simply as care-receivers or uncomfortable reminders of human vulnerability. Calling for a more critical approach in practical theology, this book invites a deeper, genuinely inter-disciplinary dialogue between new and traditional theological fields, and asks why, after more than 30 years of intellectual disability theology, the impact on church life remains minimal so that debates around the right to basic inclusion continue to dominate. The questions raised in this book not only move the discussion forward, but will spark a change on how the Church approaches inclusiveness.

Interdisciplinary Approaches To Disability

Author: Katie Ellis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351053205
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How can a deep engagement with disability studies change our understanding of sociology, literary studies, gender studies, aesthetics, bioethics, social work, law, education, or history? Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability (the companion volume to Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies) identifies both the practical and theoretical implications of such an interdisciplinary dialogue and challenges people in disability studies as well as other disciplinary fields to critically reflect on their professional praxis in terms of theory, practice, and methods. Topics covered include interdisciplinary outlooks ranging from media studies, games studies, education, performance, history and curation through to theology and immunology. Perspectives are drawn from different regions from the European Union to the Global South with chapters that draw on a range of different national backgrounds. Our contributors who write as either disabled people or allies do not proceed from a singular approach to disability, often reflecting different or even opposing positions. The collection features contributions from both established and new voices in international disability studies outlining their own visions for the future of the field. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Disability will be of interest to all scholars and students working within the fields of disability studies, cultural studies, sociology, law history and education. The concerns raised here are further in Manifestos for the Future of Critical Disability Studies.


Author: Andrew Bishop
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784504955
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Sleep occupies around one third of a person's life and is the subject of research across many disciplines. In this groundbreaking new monograph, Andrew Bishop explores sleep by creatively drawing on resources of the Christian tradition. Sleep is a subject which demands theological attention, because of the central place it occupies in contemporary reflection on what it is to be human. Offering original research, this book investigates sleep for the first time from a theological position, looking at all key questions that a theological treatment of sleep raises, including issues of identity and personhood, sleep and mortality, resurrection, and renewal and healing.

Exploring Moral Injury In Sacred Texts

Author: Joseph McDonald
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784505919
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Moral injury is a profound violation of a human being's core moral identity through experiences of violence or trauma. This is the first book in which scholars from different faith and academic backgrounds consider the concept of moral injury not merely from a pastoral or philosophical point of view but through critical engagement with the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and American Civil Religion. This collection of essays explores the ambiguities of personal culpability among both perpetrators and victims of violence and the suffering involved in accepting personal agency in trauma. Contributors provide fresh and compelling readings of texts from different faith traditions and use their findings to reflect on real-life strategies for recovery from violations of core moral beliefs and their consequences such as shame, depression and addiction. With interpretations of the sacred texts, contributors reflect on the concerns of the morally-injured today and offer particular aspects of healing from their communities as support, making this a groundbreaking contribution to the study of moral injury and trauma.

Body Parts

Author: Michelle Voss Roberts
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506418570
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Christians have traditionally claimed that humans are created in the image of God (imago Dei), but they have consistently defined that image in ways that exclude people from full humanity. The most well-known definition locates the image in the rational soul, which is constructed in such a way that women, children, and many persons with disabilities are found deficient. Body Parts claims the importance of embodiment, difference, and limitation-not only as descriptions of the human condition but also as part of the imago Dei itself.


Author: Karsten Lehmkühler
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 9783525563311
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English summary: The inhabitation of God in man is reflected for Prostestant Theology. German description: In dieser Darstellung der Geschichte der Lehre von der Einwohnung (inhabitatio) Gottes im Menschen anhand ausgewahlter Entwurfe (Thomas von Aquin, Schleiermacher, Karl Rahner u.a.) kommt es zu einem Gesprach zwischen katholischer und evangelischer Theologie. Wahrend die katholische Dogmatik das Thema immer wieder behandelt, scheint durch die evangelische Theologie ein Bruch zu gehen: War die inhabitatio bis hin zu Schleiermacher ein zentrales Thema, so drangt die evangelische Dogmatik des ausgehenden 19. Jahrhunderts diese Frage an den Rand. Lehmkuhler untersucht die Grunde fur diese Entscheidung und pladiert fur eine Ruckbesinnung auf jenes zentrale Thema christlicher Theologie. Zudem erarbeitet er eine neue dogmatische Deutung des Wohnens Gottes im Menschen, in Aufnahme der pragnanten Formulierung Luthers: Fides facit personam, der Glaube macht die Person.

Praktische J Ngerschaft

Author: Zac Poonen
Publisher: neobooks
ISBN: 3847691694
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Warum zögern Prediger, die Botschaft von Jüngerschaft zu verkündigen? Weil es die Anzahl der Mitglieder in ihren Gemeinden stark reduzieren würde. Aber was sie nicht erkennen ist, dass die Qualität ihrer Gemeinden viel besser würde! Als Jesus der Menge über Jüngerschaft predigte, schrumpfte sie bald auf eine Handvoll von nur elf Jüngern zusammen. Die anderen empfanden die Botschaft als zu hart und verließen ihn. Aber es war mit diesen elf Jüngern, die bei ihm blieben, dass Gott schließlich seine Ziele in der Welt erreichte. Als heutiger Leib Christi auf Erden sollen wir denselben Dienst weiterführen, den diese elf Apostel im ersten Jahrhundert begannen. Nachdem Menschen zu Christus gebracht wurden, müssen sie zur Jüngerschaft und zum Gehorsam hingeführt werden. Allein auf diese Weise wird der Leib Christi gebaut werden.