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Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship

Becoming Friends of Time: Disability, Timefullness, and Gentle Discipleship

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Time is central to all that humans do. Time structures days, provides goals, shapes dreams--and limits lives. Time appears to be tangible, real, and progressive, but, in the end, time proves illusory.Though mercurial, time can be deadly for those with disabilities.To participate fully in human society has come to mean yielding to the criterion of the clock. The absence of thinking rapidly, living punctually, and biographical narration leaves persons with disabilities vulnerable. A worldview driven by the demands the clock makes on the lives of those with dementia or profound neurological and intellectual disabilities seems pointless.And yet, Jesus comes to the world to transform time. Jesus calls us to slow down, take time, and learn to recognize the strangeness of living within God's time. He calls us to be gentle, patient, kind; to walk slowly and timefully with those whom society desires to leave behind. In Becoming Friends of Time, John Swinton crafts a theology of time that draws us toward a perspective wherein time is a gift and a calling. Time is not a commodity nor is time to be mastered. Time is a gift of God to humans, but is also a gift given back to God by humans.Swinton wrestles with critical questions that emerge from theological reflection on time and disability: rethinking doctrine for those who can never grasp Jesus with their intellects; reimagining discipleship and vocation for those who have forgotten who Jesus is; reconsidering salvation for those who, due to neurological damage, can be one person at one time and then be someone else in an instant. In the end, Swinton invites the reader to spend time with the experiences of people with profound neurological disability, people who can change our perceptions of time, enable us to grasp the fruitful rhythms of God's time, and help us learn to live in ways that are unimaginable within the boundaries of the time of the clock.

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Time is central to all that humans do. Time structures days, provides goals, shapes dreams--and limits lives. Time appears to be tangible, real, and progressive, but, in the end, time proves illusory.Though mercurial, time can be deadly for those with disabilities.To participate fully in human society has come to mean yielding to the criterion of the clock. The absence of thinking rapidly, living punctually, and biographical narration leaves persons with disabilities vulnerable. A worldview driven by the demands the clock makes on the lives of those with dementia or profound neurological and intellectual disabilities seems pointless.And yet, Jesus comes to the world to transform time. Jesus calls us to slow down, take time, and learn to recognize the strangeness of living within God's time. He calls us to be gentle, patient, kind; to walk slowly and timefully with those whom society desires to leave behind. In Becoming Friends of Time, John Swinton crafts a theology of time that draws us toward a perspective wherein time is a gift and a calling. Time is not a commodity nor is time to be mastered. Time is a gift of God to humans, but is also a gift given back to God by humans.Swinton wrestles with critical questions that emerge from theological reflection on time and disability: rethinking doctrine for those who can never grasp Jesus with their intellects; reimagining discipleship and vocation for those who have forgotten who Jesus is; reconsidering salvation for those who, due to neurological damage, can be one person at one time and then be someone else in an instant. In the end, Swinton invites the reader to spend time with the experiences of people with profound neurological disability, people who can change our perceptions of time, enable us to grasp the fruitful rhythms of God's time, and help us learn to live in ways that are unimaginable within the boundaries of the time of the clock.
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Meet the Author

John Swinton

John Swinton (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) holds the chair in practical theology and pastoral care and is director of the centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. His other books include Spirituality and Mental Health Care; Resurrecting the Person; Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil and From Bedlam to Shalom.
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Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments Introduction: Time, Disability, And The Fragile Brain Part I. Time And Disabilitychapter 1. Thinking About Time: The Tyranny Of The Clockchapter 2. Time And Progress: Disability And The Wrong Kind Of Time Part Ii. Learning To Live In God's Timechapter 3. Time And Christ: A Brief Theology Of Timechapter 4. Becoming Friends Of Time: Love Has A Speed Part Iii. From Inclusion To Discipleshipchapter 5. Time And Discipleship: Inclusion, Discipleship, And Profound Intellectual Disabilitychapter 6. Time And Vocation: Slow And Gentle Disciples Part Iv. Reclaiming The Heartchapter 7. Time And Memory: Dementia And The Advancement Of Timechapter 8. Time And The Heart: Affective Remembering Part V. The Horror Of Timechapter 9. The Horror Of Time: Acquired Brain Injury And Personality Changechapter 10. The Time Before And The Time After: Brain Injury, Human Identity, And The Hiddenness Of Our Lives In Christchapter 11. Time And Ritual: Funerals For Friends Conclusion: Being In Christ, Being In Time: Every Body Has A Place Appendix: Redeeming Time: A Lived Funeral Notesbibliographyindex

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  • Catalogue Code 472993
  • Product Code 9781481304085
  • ISBN 1481304089
  • EAN 9781481304085
  • Pages 255
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category Care/counselling
  • Publisher Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2016
  • Sales Rank #73370
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 23 mm
  • Weight 0.499kg

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