Theology and Disability: Reexamining Scripture as It Applies to Stuttering

  • Daniel C. Koblitz, M.Div.
Keywords: ableism, Christianity, disability, stuttering, theology, scripture and disability


Persons who stutter have struggled for centuries in ableist societies. As a result, they have experienced fear, anxiety, avoidance tendencies, and low self-esteem. This paper examines disability and stuttering in the context of the Old and New Testament, focusing on historical characters such as Jacob and Mephibosheth, and biblical principles such as those expressed by Jesus and the apostle Paul. In light of the disability theology suggested by scripture, the author suggests that we forge a more disability-friendly society, and also argues that people who stutter can find freedom and self-acceptance to live joyful and productive lives by being transformed by the love of God.

Author Biography

Daniel C. Koblitz, M.Div.
Daniel C. Koblitz is a Masters of Divinity student in the School of Divinity and a Juris Doctor candidate at Regent University.
How to Cite
Koblitz, D. (2016). Theology and Disability: Reexamining Scripture as It Applies to Stuttering. Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability, 5(1), 31-52. Retrieved from