God Doesn't Treat His Children that Way

TitleGod Doesn't Treat His Children that Way
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsCreamer, D
Journal TitleJournal 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.



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