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Disability, Providence, and Ethics


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Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas 1. Disability and Divine Providence 2. Cosmic Fairness? 3. Providence: Intervention and transformation 4. Does the Cosmos Contain Keys? 5. A Man Named Job 6. Fons Omnium Bonorum (The Fountain of All That Is Good) 7. Providence in Christ 8. Stories We Live By

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Hans S. Reinders is Professor of Ethics and Bernard Lievegoed Professor of Ethics and Disability at VU University in Amsterdam.


"In this magnificent work, Hans Reinders presents divine providence in a manner that refuses to evade the hardest questions of lived human existence." -- Brian Brock, Reader in Moral & Practical Theology, University of Aberdeen
"An important contribution to the necessary conversation on Christian theology and our human experiences of impairments and disabilities." Arne Fritzson, Ecumenical Disabilities Advocate Network
"Disability, Providence, and Ethics is a probing and instructive book that is sure to be an important addition to the growing literature on theology and disability. Attentive to stories of disability in the lives of people, Hans Reinders roots providence in pastoral discernment as a hope-filled expression of God's transformative nearness. And the result challenges common perceptions of disability." -- Thomas E Reynolds, Associate Professor of Theology, Emmanuel College
The Dutch theologian Hans Reinders, one of the most interesting thinkers working at the intersections of theology, philosophy, and disability studies, discusses in this well-written and engaging book the theology of providence in relation to the experience of disability. -- Arne Rasmusson, University of Gothenburg -- First Things
This book impressively embodies the spirit of interdisciplinary scholarship prevalent within the field of Christian ethics today. In the course of the book Reinders engages literatures from disability studies, first-hand non-fiction writings, biblical studies and systematic theology--all without losing his own constructive agenda...this is ultimately not just a book about disability, but about what it means for contingent, finite creatures to trust in the providential care of God while living in a world in which they are not in control of their lives. -- Matthew R. Jantzen -- Studies in Christian Ethics
Reinders' text authentically responds to the potency of risky deep waters with deep multi-vocal care, consistently supporting his premise that community, through Christ's Holy Spirit, transforms new ways to see and live. -- Debra Paxton-Buursma -- Christian Scholars Review
The practical methodology, perceptive questions, and community-based wisdom found here will benefit all readers--with or without disabilities--who are seeking to adapt and create meaning in a complicated and ruptured world. -- Debbie Creamer -- Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology
This well-written and accessible book poses the question what must a theology of providence look like if it is to sustain people existentially and spiritually in their experience of living with a disability? -- Joanna Collicutt -- Scottish Journal of Theology

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