Theology and Disability: Reexamining Scripture as It Applies to Stuttering
Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability (JCID) Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring/Summer 2016
22 Pages Posted: 14 Aug 2016
Date Written: April 18, 2016
Persons who stutter have struggled for centuries in ableist societies. As a result, they have experienced fear, anxiety, avoidance tendencies, and low self-esteem. This paper examines disability and stuttering in the context of the Old and New Testament, focusing on historical characters such as Jacob and Mephibosheth, and biblical principles such as those expressed by Jesus and the apostle Paul. In light of the disability theology suggested by scripture, the author suggests that we forge a more disability-friendly society, and also argues that people who stutter can find freedom and self-acceptance to live joyful and productive lives by being transformed by the love of God.
Keywords: ableism, Christianity, disability, stuttering, theology Daniel
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