Pandemics are frightening. They can spread unseen through a human population with devastating consequences. In the modern, interconnected world, viruses such as Covid-19 travel around the globe at, literally, the speed of a jet airliner. Yet throughout most of history people have lived much closer to death than we do, and much more aware of the fragility of life. At least in the high-income countries today we have developed the hubris of thinking we can control our world, that we are in charge. So when something like the Covid-19 pandemic hits us, there is almost nothing we can do except isolate ourselves. It has been a shock to our whole way of thinking, to our individualistic lifestyles, and it exposes the inequalities and injustices in our world. New evidence sheds light on how faith communities have an impact on crises.
The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion shares new evidence on how faith communities have an impact on crises.
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