|Title||God Doesn't Treat His Children that Way|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2006|
|Journal Title||Journal of Religion, Disability & Health|
Abstract This article connects the portrayal of people with disabilities as child-like with the traditional image of God as Father. As children under the authority of an all-powerful Father, people with disabilities can be seen to lack agency, an assumption with significant theological weight. Models of omnipotence often support such visions of dis-ability, thus failing to theologically represent the richness of parent-child relationships and other possibilities for relationship with God. This article argues suggests that reflection on disability can serve as a needed critical lens for existing models of God as well as a creative frame for new images and possibilities.