Autism Spectrum Disorders and the New Testament: Preliminary Reflections

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Abstract

The dramatic increase in the diagnosed incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder conditions presents a challenge for those within Christian communities who are committed to “thinking biblically” about all matters of faith and life. The problem is not identified as such within the Bible, and those who wish to think about it biblically must engage in a more reflective interpretive process that asks how it might be considered in the light of relevant themes and values in the biblical writings. This article examines a set of values and images that are particularly significant for how ASD is considered by Christian communities.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-41
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Disability & Religion
Volume22
Issue number1
Early online date11 Oct 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Keywords

  • autism
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • asperger syndrome
  • New Testament
  • Pauline literature

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