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Jesus and the Portrayal of People with Disabilities in the Scriptures



Subject Keywords: Intellectual disability; scripture; Jesus; suffering; Creative Arts Practice; Inclusive Society;

This article explores the role of Christian scripture as a basis for understanding the experiences of people
with intellectual disabilities in Ireland. Historically, Irish services for people with intellectual disabilities
were provided by Roman Catholic religious orders and congregations
and it is posited that scriptural
perspectives provided a context for, not just the service response but
also, the societal response in a
largely Christian State. By examining the Old and New Testaments and, in particular, the suffering, death
and wounding of Jesus, it is proposed that there was, from
the origins of Christianity, a fundamental
misunderstanding of Christian community and that this facilitated t
he development of a faith based
approach, akin to eugenics, which was unwittingly grounded in injustice and dehumanisation. This is
discussed within the context of the Spiritan mission related to
the work of justice.

Suggested citation:

SHEERIN, FINTAN; . () Jesus and the Portrayal of People with Disabilities in the Scriptures [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st August 2019].


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