on a hermeneutic of suspicion

Part of the challenge of ableism* as a worldview is that it is often difficult to distinguish what the Bible says from how the Bible has been received, what our religious traditions say about it, and how we have been taught to interpret it. This means that we’ll often presume out normate understandings of the Bible are exactly what the biblical authors intended to communicate to us. The task before us, then, is to apply a hermeneutics of suspicion not necessarily to the biblical text but to our own traditions of interpretation that have taught us how to read it.  The goal is to question our own presuppositions about disability in order to see afresh how the Bible is and can be good news not only for people with disabilities but also for socieities with people across the spectrum of abilities (12). 
 
*ableism names the discriminatory attitudes, negative stereotypes, and sociopolitical and economic structures and institutions that together function to exclude people with disabilities from full participation in society (11).
 
-Amos Yong (The Bible, Disability, and the Church: A New Vision of the People of God. Eerdmans, 2011)

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