Modern Believing

On Being Disabled

Modern Believing (2012), 53, (3), 295–310.

Abstract

Disablement pervades life more than is realised, involving matters beyond actual physical or mental handicap. Age-related degenerations are intrinsic to everyone, while any inhumane behaviour causes extreme hurt - within caring institutions, through war - and by psychopaths who reflect lack of empathy and compassion. The able-disabled, alternatively, have fought through various means to establish a dignified presence, thereby forcing themselves to be accorded esteem by society. Disability can be envisaged as divine calling, and, as indicator of divine holiness. Much longer-lasting damage and vulnerability, reflecting evil throughout Creation, requires responses met only by incarnational theology through Christ's humiliating suffering. Great hope, then, is needed by those awaiting full restoration of well-being in resurrection.

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Marsh, Michael