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Fundamentalism

November 25, 2007
Someone wrote:

One of the common characteristics of people with Asperger Syndrome is, as far as I understand it, a tendency to interpret language literally. Does this mean that people with Asperger Syndrome who are part of a religious tradition are more likely to have a literal and, dare I say it, fundamentalist approach to their tradition and religious texts? Are there many people with AS who take a more mystical approach to their faith and tradition?


Fascinating question. I have, as someone recently diagnosed with AS, wondered that myself. Judy Singer deals a bit with this subject about 2/3 down the page:

http://www.neurodiversity.com.au/

Personally, however, my approach to religious subjects has never been fundamentalist. As a kid, I tended to look at my religious texts mystically and metaphorically. Now, however, as an academic, a sociologist who specializes in religious studies, I focus on texts as narratives (stories) and as relative social constructions. Fundamentalist approaches seem to me as overly simplistic.

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