Thresholdless churches can improve accessibility, but how can churches express that variations in abilities are fundamental to human life? In this article, theological aesthetics and disability aesthetics are used to explore this question through an investigation of a church designed especially for deaf and deafblind persons, Tomaskirken in Andebu, Norway. Based on the observation that the interior of the church lacks references to disability art and disability aesthetics, it is argued that this is problematic. Altough the lack of disability aesthetics and disability art can be understood as a sign of inclusion, Tomaskirken remain a missed opportunity to explore how the theological acknowledgement of human diversity can be expressed through aesthetic expressions in churches.
This item's license is: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International