Christianity, John M Hull and notions of ability, disability and education

Simon Hayhoe

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In his editorial, Simon reflects on the significance of the work of Professor John Hull, who is a giant amongst academics working in the theology of disability. John was my main supervisor for my doctoral studies when I was working on developing an evangelical theology of religious education for British schools. He was a remarkable tutor with whom I enjoyed the most stimulating debates. I disagreed with his basic position and critiqued that in my thesis, but was heavily influenced by his ideas and the challenges he presented me with. His book, What Prevents Christian Adults from Learning?, first published in 1985, is still, in my opinion, one of the most important books that I have read on Christian learning.

However, as Simon too acknowledges, it was John’s personal qualities that had the most impact. I started as his doctoral student not long after he finally lost his sight in 1983 in the middle years of a distinguished academic career. Such a happening would cause many to give up. Not John. Up to the moment of his death in the early hours of 28 July 2015, he was still producing ground-breaking work. It is fitting that this special issue is dedicated to him
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-180
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Christianity & Education
Issue number3
Early online date23 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • John M Hull
  • Blind
  • blindness
  • Christianity
  • Education
  • Birmingham


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