Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (Christian Studies) - MA (CSt)

Department

Theology

First Advisor

Brian Bantum, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology

Keywords

Communicatio idiomatum; Τὸ ἀπρόσληπτον, ἀθεράπευτον; Quod assumptum non est, curationis est expers; Jesus Christ—Natures; Identity; Church work with people with disabilities; Disabilities

Abstract

Disability scholars often speak to the identity of people with disabilities. The communicatio idiomatum, as understood by the early church fathers, suggests that Christ took on everything that it means to be human. This thesis argues that when Christ took on the limits of humanity, he identified with people with disabilities. This assumption of limits presents a model for the church catholic, specifically, for how the church conceives of and does ministry to and with people with disabilities.

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