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Disability and Christian TheologyEmbodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities$
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Deborah Beth Creamer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369151

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369151.001.0001

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Theology and the Disabled Body

Theology and the Disabled Body

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(p.53) 3 Theology and the Disabled Body
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Disability and Christian Theology
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Deborah Beth Creamer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369151.003.0004

This chapter describes the move to attend to local perspectives, including the particularity of embodiment, in contemporary theology. Sallie McFague is one of the few theologians who has made a specific effort to develop a systematic theology based on notions that emerge from the standpoint of embodiment. Her model of the world as the body of God provides a valuable way for us to consider thoughtfully the natures of and relationships between the world and God. The chapter describes and evaluates McFague's model and explores ways in which attention to disability can expand and strengthen McFague's own work. Beginning with the medical model's observation that bodies are diverse, fluid, and differ in ability, the chapter explores the implications of imagining embodied diversity as part of the body of God, and emphasizes the importance of reconsidering existing theological models in light of disability.

Keywords:   Sallie McFague, embodiment theology, models, body, God, medical model, diversity

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