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Disability and Christianity

A research guide for materials relating to disability and its intersections with Christianity.

-- Painting by Unknown Netherlandish Artist, ca. 1500. Saint Giles and the Deer. National Gallery, London. Saint Giles is the Patron Saint for the Disabled, commemorated on September 1st in the Anglican Communion.


Welcome to BPL's Disability and Christianity Research Guide!

This research guide provides library materials and research pathways to Christian perspectives on disability throughout the centuries and in the modern era. Additionally, this guide provides research pathways to biblical commentaries on the topic of disability and to inclusive ministry methods. Each page is designed as a starting point for further exploration.

How to Use this Guide

Where possible, this guide includes "starting point" resources on each topic. Often, each page contains a short list of overview resources to help researchers get started learning about that field of inquiry. Additionally, sections include “key works” which are representative of major scholarly perspectives in that field. These works are frequently the most influential in their area, and so have sparked a continued scholarly conversation.

There are also finding aids in each section. These aids list subject headings relevant to that topic. Students and researchers should use those subject headings as search terms within the library catalog to retrieve only the most relevant results. Additionally, there is a list of call numbers that can aid in browsing the stacks, which is another great way to discover resources on a topic.

Meet with a Librarian

Librarians are here to partner with you at any stage of your project.

The BPL Library Staff is always eager to aid students and researchers in this area. Librarians can help you identify resources for your topic or develop a search strategy to find the best materials. To contact a librarian, email The library staff is here to serve and resource your studies.

Introductory Works