It’s neurodiversity week!
According to Wikipedia, “The term neurodiversity refers to variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other mental functions” And, broadly speaking it covers cognitive differences such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, autism and others.
Being someone who is themselves dyslexic and dyspraxic, I have often wondered how should I understand neurodiversity from an evolutionary creationist perspective. Whilst I used to see my dyslexia as a curse, I now see it to be a great strength. It has gifted me with a set of skills that help me to approach things in a more creative, problem solving way than many of my colleagues. But it is also not without challenges - particularly around spelling, writing, grammar, proof reading (!) and other things. Even so, I would not want not trade away the benefits for the sake of removing the ‘weaknesses’. Perhaps, once I may have considered it a result of the fall, but no longer.
So, some questions for your general consideration and discussion. No need to address them directly if you don’t want to, more to get people thinking.
- How should we understand neurodiversity from both Christian and evolutionary perspectives?
- Will neurodiversity (autism, dyslexia, ADHD, etc.) exist in the New Creation?
- What of the particular challenges the neurodiverse person experiences? Should these be considered part of the general diversity of humanity or are these a result fall or the result of some biological mechanism?
Look forward to reading your thoughts and reflections.