John Swinton is a Scottish theologian and founder of the University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability. After years of work as a mental health nurse, John became an academic in order to process all that he’d learnt. And my word has he learnt a lot! His book Dementia: Living in the Memories of God, and Becoming Friends of Time are packed full of fascinating and vital insights about what we must learn from people with disabilities about what it means to be human and a disciple of Jesus.
If you want to dig deeper into the ideas John raised in this interview, then make sure you check out his book Becoming Friends of Time. It deeply challenges our perception of time, and the degree to which it (often unhelpfully) shapes our lives. The book goes on to look at people living with disabilities, and how their perception of time is often very different from able-bodied people. The book deeply challenged how I understand time, and what it means to be human. And if that’s not enough for you, then have a read of Dementia: Living in the Memories of God.