This study is an exercise in understanding both doctrinally and pastorally the nature of
knowledge of God for persons with intellectual disabilities. Its central question is:
“How might one know the Word of God without words?” At present, no extended
theological systematical consideration has taken place of this question, and confusion
arguably exists in the church and wider disability circles as to if/how persons with
high support needs, such as intellectual disability, should be afforded pastoral care.
This study addresses this need in dialogue with Karl Barth’s theological insights, and
by developing an account of knowledge of God for persons with intellectual
disabilities that is at once theologically informed and pastorally effective.