9781481310123-1481310127-Wondrously Wounded: Theology, Disability, and the Body of Christ (Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability)

Wondrously Wounded: Theology, Disability, and the Body of Christ (Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability)

ISBN-13: 9781481310123
ISBN-10: 1481310127
Author: Brock, Brian
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Format: Hardcover 392 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781481310123
ISBN-10: 1481310127
Author: Brock, Brian
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Baylor University Press
Format: Hardcover 392 pages

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Acknowledged authors Brock, Brian wrote Wondrously Wounded: Theology, Disability, and the Body of Christ (Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability) comprising 392 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1481310127 and 9781481310123. Since then Wondrously Wounded: Theology, Disability, and the Body of Christ (Studies in Religion, Theology, and Disability) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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The church welcomes all―or it should.

The church has long proven itself a safe refuge despite the sad reality that it can be, and has been, unwelcoming toward those perceived as different. This is especially true of the contemporary church’s response to those with disabilities―a response often at surprising variance with its historic practices of care. The church once helped shape western morality to cherish these individuals with love and acceptance. It is thus ironic when today’s church neglects this care, or practices care with no awareness of the rich theological history out of which such moral sensibilities originally emerged. In Wondrously Wounded, Brian Brock reclaims the church’s historic theology of disability and extends it to demonstrate that people with disabilities, like all created in God’s image, are servants of God’s redemptive work.

Brock divides his volume into five parts. Part one chronicles how early Christianity valued and cared for those with disabilities, putting into practice Jesus’ teachings about divine mercy in decidedly countercultural ways. Part two details how a rise in the fear of disability tempted the church away from these merciful practices as well as its confession of the infinite worth of all God has created. Part three traces how the fear of difference continues to negatively shape contemporary practices in today’s schools, churches, and politics. Part four lays the foundations of a vision of Christian life that is resistant to this pervasive fear. Finally, Part five shows how the recognition of all people as part of the body of Christ not only demonstrates the love of Christ but displaces the fear of disability in a manner that invites the church beyond even the most ambitious contemporary hopes for full inclusion.

Brock interweaves his historical and theological analysis with the narrative of his own disabled son, Adam. These stories vividly bring into view the vulnerability, as well as the power, of the disabled in contemporary society. Ultimately, Brock argues, those with disabilities are conduits of spiritual gifts that the church desperately needs. Wondrously Wounded is an appeal to the church to find itself broken and remade by the presence of Christ on offer in the lives of those society has labeled "disabled."

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