I believe one current trend in Christian Theology that is cutting edge (and one that can tend to show the church is often a few steps behind the culture) is the work being done on a theology of disability – what does the church or what should Christians believe about people with disabilities (be it mild to severe)? That is the cutting edge right now and one that is desperately needed in the church.
I haven’t done any specific reading in this yet but I am noticing some titles show some theological reflection in this area – so I may be picking up a book or two. I know for some and maybe even many, it may not be an exciting or overly enthralling topic of discourse but I can imagine the relief that could be coming to many a family who has a child with a disability who has in one form or another been rejected by the church or church fellowships.
I am glad to see some are starting to write on this topic of “a theology of disability.” It is good to see – for so long the church has marginalized the disabled, and many still do – especially in charismatic churches where having people with disabilities around might put a dent in their theology of divine healing (which is totally beside the point – and I say that as a person with a hearing impairment and as a pentecostal pastor). Talk about a theology of weakness, no? lol!
Here are some works I have noticed (in book form at least, I imagine there are journal articles out there somewhere):