Brian Brock is currently reader in Moral and Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen. He is well known for his work on theology and disability, in which the notions of humanity and inhumanity as well as practices in which the “human” is established and denied are critically addressed. With John Swinton he published in 2007 Theology, Disability and the New Genetics: Why Science Needs the Church and in 2012 Disability in the Christian tradition: A reader. Other relevant publications by him are for instance articles such as ‘Autism, Care and Christian Hope’ (Journal of Religion, Disability and Health 2009) and ‘Parenting as Political Resistance: Disability and “Dealing with” Late-Modern Medicine’ (Review and Expositor, 2015)
But he has written extensively on a diverse range of topics (technology, economy, sports, scripture, theology in the university) always from the perspective that theology is most interesting when it is done in relation to the concrete questions of daily life. Earlier important books are Singing the Ethos of God: On the Place of Christian Ethics in Scripture (2007), Christian Ethics in a Technological Age (2010) but this concern of doing theology in relation to what is going on in the world, in life, is very evident as well in his latest book Captive to Christ, Open to the World: On Doing Christian Ethics in Public (2015) and in an online interview with him by Arni Zachariassen:
We’d like to share the following quote from ‘Parenting as Political Resistance: Disability and “dealing with” late-modern medicine’ (2015) as highly relevant to our conference:
… in lavishing full and conscientious love on one particular creature in creation, humans, whether parents, medical personel, or farmers, are given special insights in the pathologies and relative faithfulness of the societies they inhabit. Recognizing and valuing diversity and particularity of creation is a deeply political and theological act (Brock 2015:448).