Results tagged “disability” from Reformation21

Disability Theology and Flannery O'Connor

Article by   September 2014
What does it mean to speak of disability? According to the World Health Organization, over 15% of the global population (more than a billion people) lives with some form of disability, though the difficulties of precisely defining disability are significant. Etymologically, the word simply signifies a lack of some ability. As such, it assumes some standard of ability as the norm, some set of capacities, competencies or characteristics. Various cultures have understood such norms in many different ways throughout history, very often in more or less unconscious ways. Interpretations of gender and race play an enormous role in such definitions, including what is perceived as beautiful. At the beginning and end of our lives, to say nothing of states in between, humans tend towards the loss of many abilities, existing in such fluid states of dependency that some choose to speak of normal as "temporarily-able bodied." continue

Results tagged “disability” from Reformation21 Blog

BLINDNESS AND HEAVEN

Article by   July 2014
Countless times someone has said to me, "You'll be able to see in Heaven."  This is likely true, but I want to explore another possibility.  Suppose in Heaven some of us are left with the disabilities or deformities we were... continue

Blindness and the Church: Image, Reality, and Appropriate Behavior

Article by   June 2014
"People see me all the time And they just can't remember how to act. Their minds are filled with big ideas, Images, and distorted facts."                              ... continue
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