The Tactile Heart is a collection of theological essays on relating blindness and faith and developing a theology of blindness that makes a constructive contribution to the wider field of disability theology.
John Hull looks at key texts in the Christian tradition, such as the Bible, written as a text for sighted people, and at hymns, which often use blindness as a metaphor for ignorance and explores how these can be read by blind people.
"In this wonderful compilation of John Hull's work he offers us wisdom and challenge as he draws to our attention the beauty and the breadth of possibilities for being human and living humanly in the midst of difference. If you are genuinely interested in understanding humanness, this book will certainly aid you on your journey." -- John Swinton
"Hull urges that a theology of disability must start from the premise that to be imperfect is part of the condition of divinely created human plurality. In a remarkable letter to Jesus he says: "Blind people had to become sighted before they could follow you. ... Well, Lord, I forgive you". But his sharpest observation is that: "The broken body on earth corresponds to the broken body in heaven." It is highly unusual in this Laodicean postmodern age to encounter a missile of blazing passion guided by cold, forensic calculation." -- Kevin Carey
"This book is a rare and compelling exploration of how blind and sighted persons imagine the invisible. The author probes what it means for anyone to lose one's world, and argues for why our notion of disability demands a widening of the human. In so doing, the book is both a window and a mirror. I recommend it for students and teachers alike for their mutual pondering. -- Gloria Durka
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