Our Brother's Keeper: The Individual in Caring Community and the Mentally Handicapped

From: Volume X, Issue 2: Winter 1990 Pages 99-106

Abstract

The importance of the individual and of his community are complementary biblical concepts. In both Old and New Testaments, especially in the life of Jesus and in the community of His followers (the church), we see these two principles in harmony. Western society does not have a biblical view of either, and this is reflected in our response to the mentally handicapped. Properly understood, these concepts free us from condescension in the teaching of them mentally handicapped, and allow them to minister and share responsibility as members of their society.

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