Autism, Care, and Christian Hope

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This article takes a Christian theological approach to autism to re-narrate the relationship of carers for individuals with autism. The discussion displays concrete ways that our care for those with autism is reshaped by being set within ontologies that privilege engaged self-investment, within a cultural context that rarely transcends its desire to study phenomenon through highly self-aware and disengaged description. Also presented is a phenomenological exploration of the challenges for carers by the experience of caring for those with autism, and the article concludes by entering a theological debate about how best to conceive our relationship to them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-28
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of religion, disability & health
Issue number1
Early online date30 Jan 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • autism
  • carers
  • Christian theology
  • resurrection
  • eschatology
  • anecdotal knowledge
  • medical expertise
  • anthropology
  • anthropological norm
  • Kingdom of God


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