Understanding People with Disabilities within the Biblical Concepts of Imago Dei and Imitatio Christi
- Country : Singapore
- Subject : Special Education
This paper is divided into two parts. In Part I on The Disability History and Models of People with Disabilities (PWDs), it examines briefly two important aspects in understanding PWDs: (1) the disability history from the British perspective from the Medieval Era through the times of Renaissance and Colonialization, the two World Wars to the present millennium; and (2) five selected models of PWDs, i.e., the Religious, Medical, Social, Rights-based, and Media models. In Part II on The Biblical Perspective on Disability and PWDs, it examines the concept of PWDs from two key concepts: (1) Imago Dei, which comes from the Latin Vulgate edition of the Bible, translated to English as “image of God”; and (2) Imitatio Christi, in Latin, which means “imitation of Christ”, written by Thomas à Kempis (b.1380AD-d.1471AD) – also known as Thomas of Kempen – was a German-Dutch canon regular in the Catholic Church during the late medieval era. The aim of this paper is to provide a biblical perspective on PWDs.