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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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Embodied Limits and Constructive Possibilities

(p.115) Conclusion
Disability and Christian Theology

Deborah Beth Creamer (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the project and suggests directions for future work. Existing theological models need to be evaluated based on how well they can attend to experiences of disability, and space needs to be made for new liberation theologies of disability. Theology must also be more intentional in its consideration of human limits, not just as they exhibit themselves in situations of disability, but as we all experience them throughout our lives. The limits model suggests a new lens for the understanding of self and of community in a postmodern age, and invites conversation with other discourses of embodiment and difference. In these ways and many others, the perspectives that come from engagement with disability and embodied limits are essential for theology, contributing theoretical complexity to real issues of justice while simultaneously offering possibilities for new images and theological constructions that attend appropriately to human embodiment and diversity.

Keywords:   theological models, disability, liberation, limits, postmodern, embodied, justice, diversity

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