Category: Theology

Theology filtered by type: Journal Articles

Sharon Betcher "Groundswell" In Ecotheology. July 1999 : 22-59

Focuses on the biocentric scope of Christian theology. Emphasis on the metaphoric registration of Spirit as bird, earth, wind and water; the absence of pneumatology in the Western Christian theology; and consideration of Spirit as the confessional confidante for disagreeing with the nature of nature.

Sharon Betcher "Wisdom to Make the World Go On: On Disability and the Cultural Delegitimation of Suffering" In Word and World, Supplement Series 4. 2000 : 87-98

This essay proceeds by exploring the wisdom, even authority, of bodies that admit suffering, namely, the socially abjected bodies of the disabled. What seems to the cultural eye the physical obstinacy of disability suggests rather a religious, philosophical, and/or cultural rejection, namely, an undigested or inadmissable awareness that to live will involve us in physical and/or psychic suffering.

Sharon Betcher "Rehabilitating Religious Discourse: Bringing Disability Studies to the Theological Venue" In (Review Essay) in Religious Studies Review. Fall 2001 : 341-348

This review essay critically engages several recent publications under the broad rubric of ‗religion and disability studies‘ that attempt to speak religious critique with and through the subject position of people with disabilities.

Sharon Betcher "Putting My Foot (Prosthesis, Crutches, Phantom) Down: Considering Technology as Transcendence in the Writings of Donna Haraway" In Women’s Studies Quarterly: Women and Technology. ed. Lee Quinby. Special Issue Fall 2001 : 35-53

Focuses on the consideration of technology as transcendence in the writings of feminist historian Donna Haraway and the influence of Christian millennialism in technoscience so as to challenge out the hidden ―transcendentalism‖ hiding within technobioscientific resolves.

Sharon Betcher "Resurrecting Christianities: Critical Theories and Constructive Postcolonial, Postmodern Christianities" In Anglican Theological Review. vol. 87, no. 2, Spring 2005 : 319-328

The article focuses on critical theories and constructive postcolonial, postmodern Christianities. Where some apply deconstructive theory so as to simply purport a renewed Jesus agnosticism, Betcher suggests that Christology should be regarded as resurrection competency.

"Saving ‘The Wretched of the Earth’" In Disability Studies Quarterly. vol. 26, no. 3, Online

Betcher considers biblical and theological representations of the physics of Spirit, including miracles, if also the politics of compassion, as related to bodies exhibiting disabilities. The essay suggests another way of reading the miracle texts so as to disturb the optics of modern realism, especially their social effects.

Sharon Betcher "Becoming Flesh of my Flesh: Feminist and Disability Theologies on the Edge of Posthumanist Discourse" In Roundtable honoring the work of disabilities theologian Nancy Eiesland, JFSR. vol. 26, no. 2, JFSR 2010

From the location of disablement, the author wonders whether the term “body” can itself be a term of totalization. Flesh is suggestively tried on as a locus that might bridge the feminist and disability agendas.

Sharon Betcher "Disabling ‘The Fall’" Disability and Health In Journal of Religion, Disability and Health. eds. Jonathan Campbell, Deathrice DeWitt and Hans S. Reinders. 2011

In this article, the author argues that modernity developed theological notions of ontological defect into scientific and medical pathology such that ‘The Fall’- now borne in cultural norms as well as scientific paradigms- marginalizes differing somatic capaciousness.