Autistic people can't believe in God.

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Grandluxe, May 31, 2012.

  1. Are autistic people 'unable' to believe in God? Ability to think 'inside' other people's heads is key to religious feelings

    PUBLISHED: 09:49, 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 09:49, 31 May 2012

    Belief in God - or other higher powers - might be linked to a person's ability to imagine what others think and feel.

    The discovery could mean that people who find it difficult to 'mentalise' - think 'inside' other people's heads, are unable to believe.

    'Mentalising' is the capacity to understand what another person is thinking - a crucial aspect in how people handle the social world.

    People with autistic spectrum disorders have difficulty mentalising.

    'Autistic adolescents expressed less belief in God,' say the researchers.

    The study was based on samples of Canadian studies, and two nationwide samples of the American population.
  2. pspr


    Even dogs believe in God.

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  3. Ricter


    It would be interesting to learn the amount of God belief among the psychopathic, who also cannot "mentalize" (if I'm understanding that word correctly).