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The Tactile Heart
Blindness And Faith
by John M. Hull
Publisher:SCM imprint of Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
I've always warmed to Helen Keller's popular adage, "The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." Here John Hull offers us something unique and weighty in the exploration of blindness and faith.
The Tactile Heart is a rare and robust set of theological essays that explore fragility, brokenness, fear and disability. Hull develops a framework of thought that makes a valuable contribution to the wider field of disability theology. The author journeys through key texts in the Christian tradition, literality, metaphor and much wisdom.
Hull urges that a theology of disability originates in the imperfect of our divinely created human plurality. His offering of hymnology is particularly insightful and offers a fresh springboard of usefulness and application. The chapter about the blind disciple and the sighted Saviour, for me, was one of the strongest parts. The distinctive humanity and the engagement with difference was an appreciated take-away.
The embodied theology, bodily metaphors and Christward gaze gently permeates all with a redemptive grace. This is a rare and worthwhile addition to the printed press. This is graciously reasoned and warmly constructed. It's well worthy of your time.
Reviewer: Johnny Douglas (20/12/13)