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Title: What does it mean to be saved? : evangelicalism and people with severe intellectual disabilities
Author: Shea, Chi-fung Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 5361 5543
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2014
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The purpose of this research project is to address the question, “What does it mean to be saved for people with severe intellectual disabilities (SID)?” The question is derived from concrete situations that are embedded in their cultural and social contexts. The issue that this project addressed is the marginalization of people with SID in Hong Kong, in the contemporary evangelization movement for people with disabilities. Certain formulations of evangelicalism have made it appear difficult if not impossible for people with such disabilities to appropriate the faith that is necessary for salvation. The practical theological cycle, a method comprising four steps, is used in this study to organize the enquiry. Findings of the action research, which was undertaken in a Hong Kong evangelical church, show how two forces (Christian egalitarianism and Evangelical spirituality with Christian education) have contributed to the formation of a religious prejudice against people with SID. It is suggested that having a theologically adequate notion of faith that is truly inclusive is vital for the removal of such religious prejudice. By making reference to Karl Barth's understanding of faith, I look to show that faith is neither a datum nor a phenomenon. Faith is not a formal condition for human acquisition of revelation and saving grace. Christ, being the object of faith, is both the ontological and epistemological ground of faith. Faith is faith is completely a divine gift from God, making us participants in the reality of Christ. I argue that having SID would not make a person incapable of knowing and believing God. Also, suffering from severe cognitive impairment would not make the faith act of a person less authentic than that of the one without such disability. Finally, a new practice of faith education that corresponds to the inclusive notion of faith is recommended.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: People with mental disabilities ; Evangelicalism ; Salvation