Date of Award
Master of Arts (Christian Studies) - MA (CSt)
Brian Bantum, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology
Communicatio idiomatum; Τὸ ἀπρόσληπτον, ἀθεράπευτον; Quod assumptum non est, curationis est expers; Jesus Christ—Natures; Identity; Church work with people with disabilities; Disabilities
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.
Barnes, Kendrick, "The Communication of Limits: Christ, the Communicatio Idiomatum, and the Identity of People with Disabilities" (2017). Seattle Pacific Seminary Theses. 7.