• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Theology

  • By: Hannah Lewis
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Theology is the study of God and God’s relationship with humanity and is a very wide-ranging subject that may include philosophy, history, ethnography, anthropology, hermeneutics, linguistics and spirituality, among other topic areas. Deaf theology is a “contextual theology”—theology developed in a specific context that addresses the questions and needs of a specific group of people. In this case Deaf theology is discourse about God and religion undertaken by deaf people themselves, and others who have close contact with them. It may be general theology translated into sign language (which in itself raises theological questions and generates discussion as interpretative decisions are made), or it may be specific questions and issues arising from the experience of deaf people as a linguistic and cultural minority with their ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles