The world’s leading Christian thinkers explain some of the principal tenets of their theological beliefs.
‘Why does someone find a great peace when I simply hold their hand?’ ‘Would Jesus really reject someone from heaven because he wasn’t able to proclaim his name?’ ‘What does it mean to know God without words?’
John Swinton’s early years working as a nurse among people with intellectual disabilities presented him with profound questions that sowed the seeds for his future life as one of the most important figures in the development of disability theology and the relationship between spirituality and health.
Here, he explores the nature of faithfulness and discipleship in relation to disability and mental health, and asks exactly what kind of community the Church should be, in both theory and in practice.
John Swinton is an ordained Church of Scotland minister, and Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care in the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. John is founder of the university's Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. In 2016 he was awarded the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing for his book Dementia: Living in the Memories of God.
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