“I Am Still With You”: Dementia and the Christian Wayfarer


Journal Article

Copyright © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Persons with dementia suffer not only from neuropathology but also from cultural norms that exalt agency, privilege rationality, equate worth with capacity, and discourage disability and dependence. In Christian theological context, however, these are faulty assumptions that harm people with dementia. Christian tradition affirms, rather, that humans are integrated, whole-person, embodied souls on a journey to God; dependent on others and on God; and endowed by God with intrinsic worth that is unrelated to capacities. Four theological parameters—creation, participation, lament, and song—enable resistance to prevalent toxic social norms and promote faithful Christian re-membering of people with dementia.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kinghorn, WA

Published Date

  • April 2, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 98 - 117

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-8049

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1552-8030

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15528030.2015.1046633

Citation Source

  • Scopus