Rolling with advantage: Why Dungeons & Dragons provides new insight into the Christian concept of the imago Dei for autistic Christians

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Harry Gibbins


What is clear through an exploration of disability theology is that the imago Dei is a crucial component of a proper understanding of disability and creation. Whilst the imago Dei provides excellent utility in terms of the spiritual engagement of autistic Christians, there is much to be discovered concerning new pioneering methods of approaching dialogue between autistic and non-autistic Christians. As I shall explore through an autoethnographic study drawing from my own experiences, Dungeons & Dragons is one of these pioneering methods that is a creative tool for autistic Christians. Thus, new methods emerge regarding what the imago Dei means for those on the autism spectrum.

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