The Theological Views of Some of My Mentally Retarded Friends

At times children with mental retardation speak without pretense about their views of God. These statements may reveal the abuse and rejection which these children have experienced, and can be a reflection of destructive theologies being taught in the church. While these children do not understand a...

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Published in:Journal of religion, disability & health
Main Author: Perske, Robert
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge 2003
In:Journal of religion, disability & health
Year: 2003, Volume: 7, Issue: 1/2, Pages: 129-133
Further subjects:B Theology
B Pastoral care
B disabled children
B Mental Retardation
B theology of disability
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Summary:At times children with mental retardation speak without pretense about their views of God. These statements may reveal the abuse and rejection which these children have experienced, and can be a reflection of destructive theologies being taught in the church. While these children do not understand abstract formulations of the faith, they often reveal its simple profundity and beauty with their insights. Their frankness and honesty, which can be entertaining, serves to teach us valuable lessons about the faith.
ISSN:1522-9122
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of religion, disability & health
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1300/J095v07n01_15