Critical Reflections on Stanley Hauerwas' Theology of Disability: Disabling Society, Enabling Theology, by John Swinton. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2005.

Hauerwas is a well-known, somewhat controversial Protestant theologian who has written, among other things, about what people with mental retardation mean to society and, specifically, to the Christian church. This book is a compilation of reprints of 10 of his earlier publications (from 1975, 1977, 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1999) on this topic, and after every chapter or two, there is a comment or response by either a parent of a person with intellectual impairments, a service worker, or someone who is both, and in one instance by a person with a disability (but we are not told what kind). At the end of the book, Hauerwas writes a very brief reflection on the responses. This is the same format that the...

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