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The challenge of autism for relational approaches to theological anthropology

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The challenge of autism for relational approaches to theological anthropology. / Leidenhag, Joanna.

In: International Journal of Systematic Theology, Vol. Early View, 17.12.2020.

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Leidenhag, J 2020, 'The challenge of autism for relational approaches to theological anthropology', International Journal of Systematic Theology, vol. Early View. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijst.12453

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Leidenhag, J. (2020). The challenge of autism for relational approaches to theological anthropology. International Journal of Systematic Theology, Early View. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijst.12453

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Leidenhag J. The challenge of autism for relational approaches to theological anthropology. International Journal of Systematic Theology. 2020 Dec 17;Early View. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijst.12453

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Leidenhag, Joanna. / The challenge of autism for relational approaches to theological anthropology. In: International Journal of Systematic Theology. 2020 ; Vol. Early View.

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