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Kevin Timpe

Professor / Philosopher / Disability & Inclusion Advocate


William H. Jellema Chair of Christian Philosophy



Kevin Timpe is the William H. Jellema Chair in Christian Philosophy at Calvin University. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Saint Louis University. His primary research interests range across the metaphysics of free will, philosophy of disability, virtue theory, and philosophical theology. He has published eleven books, including Disability and Inclusive Community (Calvin Press, 2018), the Routledge Companion to Free Will (Routledge, 2017), Virtues and their Vices (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Free Will in Philosophical Theology (Bloomsbury, 2013). In addition, he’s published over 60 journal articles and book chapters.

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Preferential option for the weak, poor, and disabled

I've noted before (for instance, here and here) about how ableist metaphors and assumptions find their way into what churches say, sing, and affirm in their liturgies. Such language reflects what Amos Yong calls ‘normate biases’–"the unexamined prejudices that non-disabled people have toward disabilities and…
November 8, 2022