Joy and Autism: Biblical, Theological and Practical Perspectives

Grant Macaskill*

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Autism is frequently approached as a condition of functional deficit, where the perceived deficit is defined in terms of the individual’s measurement against a standard labeled as “normal.” The capacity to experience fulfillment is often considered to be compromised by such deficit. As part of a theological evaluation of autism, the concept of joy is seen to function in ways that resist such approaches, for the capacity for joy is not linked to any individual’s intrinsic capacity, but rather to the presence and purpose of God, which must take precedence over all other elements in the evaluation of the condition.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Disability & Religion
Early online date11 Apr 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Apr 2020


  • autism
  • joy
  • functional deficit
  • theology
  • Autism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Religious studies
  • Rehabilitation

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