A Theological Diagnosis

Written by Matt Edmonds

Published by Jessica Kingsley Pub

ISBN : 978-1843109983

Precis: As society becomes progressively dominated by an ideology of healthy living, Matt Edmonds makes a vital critique of contemporary efforts to remove 'disability' from the world around us. Surveying the logic and language of both secular and religious health movements, Edmonds highlights the misplaced generalisations and dubious values that cumulatively serve to undermine individual inclusion and well-being on a day-to-day basis.

A Theological Diagnosis' seeks a new direction. From the resources of Christian theology it finds a paradigm with which to examine the infections of genetic theory, faith healing and the meaning of 'disability' so as to prescribe a way forward for both believer and non-believer alike. Combining history, theology and thoughtful analysis, this is a prescription that none of us can afford to ignore. Quite simply, there is little time left.

Review by Kate Beckingham - Amazon review

As my first introduction to both disability theory and theology, I found this book to be both informative and touching. The way that Edmonds was able to draw an otherwise unfamiliar reader into such a loaded topic was extremely effective. By relating directly to his personal experience (his time with the L'Arche community in Lambeth specifically, and also the shorter story of the young women in a wheelchair visiting the museum) I found myself able to connect with his ideas and, ultimately, his message of acceptance. As a non-Christian, I found his religious discussion, although extremely present, to be non-obstructive to the overall themes of the work. Although his discussion on genetics was slightly above my level of understanding, I was able to finish the chapter with a relatively good understanding of the position of genetics and disability. Finally, I found Edmonds's ideals of accepting people with disabilities as and who they are to be relevant and refreshing. It is not up to us to decide what is better for others or how they should be treated nor should we assume that people with disabilities are unhappy or wish to have their already solid and full lives interfered with.