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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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Limits and Disability Theology

Limits and Disability Theology

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Disability and Christian Theology

Deborah Beth Creamer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes a limits model of theological reflection, attending to the fluidity of human embodiment and most particularly the claim that limits are an unsurprising aspect of being human. By reflecting specifically on Deaf Culture and cognitive disabilities, it explores the theological implications of the limits model for anthropology, reinterpreting limitation as part of what it means to be human rather than as a punishment for sin or an obstacle to be overcome in pursuit of perfection. In particular, the chapter explores the nature of human diversity and suggests a reinterpretation of traditional theological anthropology and images of God. It also suggests that a limits perspective, rather than leading us toward fragmentation or universality, can instead offer a common ground for conversation and can be an important source for theological reflection.

Keywords:   limits, theology, theological anthropology, God, images of God, Deaf Culture, cognitive disability, difference

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