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Autism and the Panoply of Religious Belief, Disbelief and Experience
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7042-0877
2019 (English)In: Neurology and Religion / [ed] Joanna Collicutt, Alasdair Coles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019, p. 139-148Chapter in book (Other academic)
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While the cognitive mechanisms that incline us towards theistic belief in superhuman agents have been well documented over the past twenty-five years, unbelief has not received nearly so much attention. Recent studies however suggest that just as with theistic belief, various psychic mechanisms and processes might incline one toward unbelief, such as a propensity for analytic thinking. It has also been suggested that the connection between atheism and analytic thinking may be mediated by mentalizing constraints in autism. In this essay, we will present and evaluate a few such studies and then consider some additional ideas that we hope will contribute to a fuller understanding of possible approaches to religion and spirituality in autistic individuals.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. p. 139-148
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39362DOI: 10.1017/9781316014165.014ISBN: 9781107082601 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39362DiVA, id: diva2:1368832
Available from: 2019-11-08 Created: 2019-11-08 Last updated: 2019-12-17Bibliographically approved

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