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Theological Diagnosis (A): A Christian Appraisal of 'Healing' Disability in the 21st Century [Paperback]

Matt Edmonds

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Feb. 1 2011 1843109980 978-1843109983
Matt Edmonds examines the latest developments in attempts of both Christian and secular health movements to remove disability from the world around us. Exploring issues such as disability theology, the ethics of genetic therapy and the prevalence of faith healing, it examines what it means to think theologically about disability. Charting the rise of the Christian healing phenomenon across the globe, and also of contemporary developments in secular healing methods, Matthew Edmonds offers a practical response to the issues of healing and disability. Transcending traditional debates about the possibility of miraculous healing, and arguments about the ethics of New Genetics, he analyses the unquestioned attitudes of contemporary healing practices from the perspective of those whom they actually affect - people with disabilities. This ground-breaking book will make a real difference to people with disabilities, as well as to Christian and secular perceptions of the value of disability.

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Matthew Edmonds is a theologian and writer with degrees from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities. He is also the drummer in the band Johnny Flynn and The Sussex Wit, and has written comedy for Radio 4. Matthew lives in North London.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Personal and refreshing May 18 2011
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As my first introduction to both disability theory and theology, I found this book to be both informative and touching. The way that Edmonds was able to draw an otherwise unfamiliar reader into such a loaded topic was extremely effective. By relating directly to his personal experience (his time with the L'Arche community in Lambeth specifically, and also the shorter story of the young women in a wheelchair visiting the museum) I found myself able to connect with his ideas and, ultimately, his message of acceptance. As a non-Christian, I found his religious discussion, although extremely present, to be non-obstructive to the overall themes of the work. Although his discussion on genetics was slightly above my level of understanding, I was able to finish the chapter with a relatively good understanding of the position of genetics and disability. Finally, I found Edmonds's ideals of accepting people with disabilities as and who they are to be relevant and refreshing. It is not up to us to decide what is better for others or how they should be treated nor should we assume that people with disabilities are unhappy or wish to have their already solid and full lives interfered with.

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