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Religions 2017, 8(10), 232; doi:10.3390/rel8100232

Deaf Liberation Theology and Social Justice

All Saints Centre for Mission and Ministry, Liverpool L22 0LL, UK
Received: 3 September 2017 / Revised: 29 September 2017 / Accepted: 17 October 2017 / Published: 24 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Disability, and Social Justice: Building Coalitions)
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Deaf Liberation Theology is a branch of theology that has been developed over the past twenty years, with the book Deaf Liberation Theology published by Ashgate in 2007 (Lewis 2007) as a focal point of this development. This article briefly looks at the roots of Deaf Liberation Theology in both the concept of Deaf people as an oppressed linguistic minority and the principles of Liberation theology as an engaged contextual theology using the methodology of the hermeneutical circle. It then seeks to examine the impact of Deaf Liberation Theology in practice over the past decade, in particular the impact especially through increasing self-confidence and self-esteem so that deaf people themselves feel empowered to work for social justice. It will use personal reflections by a number of deaf individuals in the UK as source material, and look at how this experience and developments in Deaf studies might develop into the future to further develop social justice. View Full-Text
Keywords: deaf theology; liberation theology; practical theology; contextual theology; social justice; intersectionality; feminist theology; disability theology deaf theology; liberation theology; practical theology; contextual theology; social justice; intersectionality; feminist theology; disability theology
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