Deeper Waters Podcast 4/25/2015: Paul Compton

What’s coming up Saturday on the Deeper Waters Podcast. Let’s plunge into the Deeper Waters and find out.

Friendship is something special and some friends last a very long time. One such friendship I have is with Paul Compton who I met when I was in Bible College. Later when I went to Seminary, Paul Compton was right there. He helped me and my roommate move in and get situated. Paul afterwards got a job at a church in New Hampshire and took the position up there, but we did stay in touch. In fact, Paul was one of the people that came to Charlotte for my wedding. Knowing about my having Aspergers, when he found out his son Timothy was diagnosed with Aspergers, he made sure to give me a call to see what I had to say. Since he’s such a good friend and has a great interest in both apologetics and in autism, then I figured he’d be great to have come on the show to discuss fatherhood and apologetics.

So who is Paul?

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And according to his own bio.

Paul A. Compton is a pastor and apologist at Riverside Christian Church in Merrimack, NH. He received his B.A. in Bible from Johnson University (2002) and Master of Arts in Religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC (2008). He is an active member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the International Society of Christian Apologetics. Paul is also a founding and active board member of iHope International Ministries. In 2012, he was elected to the Town Ethics Committee where he served as Chairman. Paul is blessed with a lovely wife, Elizabeth, and two children (Timothy and Andrew) who encourage and support his service in ministry.

Paul has also been doing some work, though I understand it has been slowed down, on starting his own organization to raise awareness about autism called “Autism Shouts.” Paul is an enjoyable guy to be around who knows his Scripture and philosophy well and he has a sense of humor that you’ll thoroughly enjoy, especially if you love puns.

So what is it like being the father of someone on the spectrum? How does it change the marriage dynamic? If you’re someone skilled in philosophy, how does that change your outlook on life? Do you see Aspergers as a hindrance or a blessing or is it some of both? How does Timothy interact with his friends? How does he interact with family? What’s it like taking a child with Aspergers to church? What do you think the church could do differently for people who are on the autism spectrum? What advice would you give to parents who just found out that there child is on the Autism spectrum or suspect that their child is on the Autism spectrum?

I am looking forward to this show. Paul is a good friend who has a good heart for Christ and has been a great friend to Deeper Waters throughout the years. I hope you’ll enjoy his company just as much as I do and benefit from what he has to say.

In Christ,
Nick Peters

  • Peter A.

    The advice I would give to Paul would be to not call his autism awareness organisation “Autism Shouts”, because the majority of people who have autism/Asperger’s Syndrome have sensory issues that make someone SHOUTING AT THEM come across as being a real a#$hole. Strobe lights, and high-pitched or loud sounds are extremely annoying to us. If he knows anything at all about autism/AS then he should have known better than to give it this silly name.

    The advice I would give to the parents of children with autism or Asperger’s Syndrome (in spite of what the Diabolical and Sadistic Manual of Mental Disorders may say, I do not believe that the two are the same) is that your children will not ‘grow out of it’. When they grow up they will become adults with autism/AS, because it isn’t something that anyone can ever grow out of. It’s for life. I would therefore also recommend they ignore any and all promises of a ‘cure’ (it’s not a disease, in spite of what those cretins over at “Autism Speaks” may say), and that they learn to deal with and accept it. Their children need support and acceptance, not false promises and condemnation. Autism/AS is an alternative way of seeing the world that enhances, not subtracts from, who a person is, so all those who consider themselves to be ‘normal’ should accept the fact that we can’t all be semi-intelligent, booze-drinking, celebrity-following, fashion-centred, football-loving gossips, and – and this is the really important point – WE WOULD NOT EVEN WANT TO BE LIKE THE MAJORITY EVEN IF WE COULD BE. Most of us like being who we are, and no, we are not ‘retarded’. On the contrary, it is the ‘neurotypicals’ who are the slow, clueless ones, what with their inability to understand literal language, their baboon-like use of ‘body-language’ and their almost pathological fear of forthright honesty.

    We are the future, and nothing and no one can stop us from eventually taking over the world! Earth will be ours! Avante!

    • Paul Compton

      I appreciate the feedback. Lest there be any
      misunderstanding, the name “autism shouts” refers to the shouting of
      autism and for autism (as a condition about which we need greater
      awareness) not at autism (as a person or cause to be attacked).

      There are two reasons I selected the name. First, due to sensory
      issues (as you accurately described), our son was often so overwhelmed, he
      could only respond with screaming rather than words. This is the shouting of
      autism. (In fact, this was one of the early indicators of the condition.) Second,
      I believe autism is greatly misunderstood and mischaracterized. As such, it is
      a problem which needs to be addressed urgently. As an advocate, I raise my
      voice for autism.