Disability reviewed in Interpretation
“A surprisingly expansive yet accessible introduction to disability as it relates to Christian discipleship, worship, and biblical interpretation.”
"Brian Brock is one of the most interesting and original thinkers within the field of disability theology. In this balanced and thoughtful account Brock provides not only an excellent overview of the field but also new and original ways of thinking about disability and responding to the practical and theological issues that arise from thoughtful exploration. People new to the field and those of us who have been around for a while will find this book invaluable."
John Swinton, chair in divinity and religious studies, University of Aberdeen
"On June 15, 2020, during a global pandemic, a significant funding source for theological studies in the West announced their strategic priorities. The top three were 'Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius,' 'Genetics,' and 'Individual Freedom and Free Markets.' Fascination with and focus on concepts like 'genius' and 'individual freedom' are part of Western, mainstream culture. Brian Brock here offers a different conversation, bringing together the words of people who have written courageously about their own lives lived with disability and his own careful exegesis and practiced, experienced thinking about discipleship and real people with real bodies. He gently turns attention away from a well-funded, fearful, social-Darwinian view of human existence, toward lives lived together in fragile solidarity and hope. This is practical and political theology written not to impress geniuses but to invite the rest of us to see one another as awkwardly beheld and tenaciously beloved."
Amy Laura Hall, author of Laughing at the Devil: Seeing the World with Julian of Norwich
"Illuminated by readings of Scripture, enriched by insights from people with disabilities and those who accompany them, and attuned to the factors that have made our churches communities of the abled, this wonderful book by one of the foremost theologians of disability both challenges and invites Christians to take on the beautiful and difficult work of truly being the body of Christ."
Gerald McKenny, Walter Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
"In his most practical work to date, Brock challenges churches to acknowledge disabled persons in their midst and to consider what it takes to truly be a welcoming church. Brock does not shy away from making his reader uncomfortable, nor does he allow our failure to be the final word. Taking insights from persons with disabilities and their caretakers as well as disability theologians and biblical scholars, Brock invites his readers to reimagine their church practices in light of the diversity of human experience. Disability is wonderfully readable and deeply convicting. It should become essential reading for the contemporary church."
Devan Stahl, assistant professor of religion and bioethics, Baylor University
Brian Brock (DPhil, King's College, London) is professor of moral and practical theology at the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is the author of numerous books, including Disability in the Christian Tradition, has written extensively on disability issues, and is managing editor of the Journal of Disability and Religion.