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Theology and Down Syndrome: Reimagining Disability in Late Modernity Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1602580060 ISBN-10: 1602580065

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602580065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602580060
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Theology and Down Syndrome is that rare gem, a genuinely groundbreaking study. Its original contribution to systematic theology is to develop a theological anthropology by considering a particular special example rather than working from theoretical premises alone. It addresses several contemporary concerns in disability studies by reframing them in a thoroughly theological manner. The study is well seasoned with poignant biographical observations, judicious surveys of the major religious traditions on the topic of disability, and a critical awareness of the modern history of Down syndrome. This challenging and stimulating look at Down syndrome is a must read for any Christian academic or layperson interested in what it means to be a human being. --Brian Brock, Lecturer in Moral and Practical Theology, University of Aberdeen

Sometimes a book comes along which not only moves a field on but also changes its direction. Yong's work is just such a book. His careful and systematic theological analysis of disability offers insights and perspectives that allow his readers to grasp the meaning of disability and humanness in ways that are fresh, sometimes startling and disturbing, but always poignant and transformative. Yong's work is a significant contribution to disability theology and deserves to be taken seriously. --John Swinton, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, School of Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

With a sharp eye on church history, a compassionate heart that sees the world from the perspective of a scholar who is also a sibling of a man with Down Syndrome, an impressive analytical vision of modern disability perspectives, and the fresh insights of a voice from Pentecostal theology, Amos Yong is doing just what his title says, "Reimagining disability." The book is a new, important, and wonderful contribution to the growing exploration of theology from the perspective of disability and of disability from the perspective of theology. --Bill Gaventa, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/UMDNJ

About the Author

Amos Yong (Ph.D. Boston University) is Professor of Theology at the Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is the author of five books, the latest being The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh: Pentacostalism and the Possibility of Global Theology (2005).

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Amos Yong is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and dean the School of Divinity, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Seattle Reader on July 23, 2008
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This is an amazing book..extremely thought-provoking. As a parent to a child with Down syndrome and a Christian, it was wonderful to be able to read such a comprehensive take on the subject. One warning to potential readers, the book is very scholarly and academic. I have to admit I didn't always necessarily understand everything being said as the language is much more geared toward theologians, but certainly the gist of the book was clear and I constantly found myself inspired to think of certain aspects of Christianity as it relates to those with disabilities in a different way. Not a quick read, but well worth the time invested.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Neds-Fox on January 10, 2008
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i am filled with gratitude nearly each time i read another section of this book. i'm thankful that mr. yong has taken on such a work and really don't have words for how this book will help me as a parent and as a follower of jesus.
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