Disabled Church - Disabled Society Paperback
The Implications of Autism for Philosophy, Theology and Politics
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Disabled Church - Disabled Society by John Gillibrand was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in January 2010 and is our 47062nd best seller. The ISBN for Disabled Church - Disabled Society is 9781843109686.
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Disabled Church: Disabled SocietyHilary Morgan, via The Good Book Stall
The blurb on the back of this book describes it as moving and intelligent. It does not indicate that it is likely to challenge our presupposed ideologies and approaches to any form of disability not just autism.
The book begins with a heart stirring account of Adam’s life and its profound affect on his father and family. One can only begin to surmise the impact this had on someone who is clearly highly intellectual. As Rowan Williams states in his foreword the text takes us ‘well beyond the usual boundaries of studies in autism to raise questions about our human identity’
Through John Gillibrand’s writing I met a young man who is not someone suffering from a dreadful condition but a deeply spiritual human being who is probably closer to God than I will ever be.
The book explores autism and disability in general in terms of philosophy, theology and politics and I will never be the same again. In his Chapter on Theological Politics John shows us how a person with autism can teach us how to step back from our structures of economics and socialisation. ‘Adam does not offer a critique of these things, his existence is an unspoken critique of these things, That critique, because it belongs to the realm of the unspoken, to silence, is worked out in spirituality however interpreted. However, if as a society we are having difficulties in the realm of language, socialisation and imaginative play, our starting point has to be the recognition and acceptance of ourselves as a fundamentally disabled society’. I raise my hands.
This book will encourage any Christian having or working with a child with autism or any other disability. It will help us all to see ‘who is the disabled’.
As a teacher working with Autistic young people this book has not only confirmed my belief that people who are unable to socialise or communicate in any way do indeed have a deep spiritual core. It has helped me to realise it is we who are entrenched in our materialistic language dependant framework who lack understanding. ‘The sense the meaning that matters is ultimately made when we acknowledge that the other’s situation is our own.’ I am so privileged in meeting with Adam, that I have heard his voice and the voice of a thousand others, a cry in the silence.
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|Page last updated||23rd July 2017|
|Author / Artist||John Gillibrand|
|Publisher||Jessica Kingsley Publishers (January 2010)|
|Number of Pages||208|