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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 41, Issue 1, Spring/Summer 2021

Lisa D. Powell
Pages 89-106

Disability and Resurrection: Eschatological Bodies, Identity, and Continuity

This article engages the debate around embodiment in the resurrected life, drawing from sources in disability theology, black theology, and womanist ethics. Do we retain “body marks,” as M. Shawn Copeland calls them in her consideration of the scars and wounds on black bodies? Or, as Nancy Eiesland and Amos Yong discuss it: do we retain our impairments as Christ did after his resurrection? I will describe the debate, highlight concern over continuity of identity, and use J. Kameron Carter’s work on theology and race to propose an alternative approach.

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