What Good Is God? Crises, Faith, and Resilience

Edited by Prof. Robert White FRS and Rev. Dr Roger Abbott

ISBN: 9780857219657

Publishing Date: 20th November 2020


RRP £9.99

Includes latest chapter on

Covid-19 Pandemic: a Christian Perspective

Research Project

A new research project is underway at The Faraday Institute for Science & Religion, entitled Covid-19: how are you coping? Coping well is not something that can be taken for granted during these days of pandemic, which is why we are conducting a research project that explores how Christians in particular are coping under the pandemic’s conditions, especially when it comes to their experience of things such as fear, anger and hope.

An important part of the project will involve conducting in-depth interviews with volunteer participants. Anyone in the UK, who is aged 18 years or over may apply, who self-identifies either as a White or Black/Asian/ Minority-ethnic Christian who fits any of the following categories: anyone who has not experienced symptoms of Covid-19, anyone who has knowingly been infected by the Covid-19 virus, anyone who is a hospital / care home staff member involved with treating the Covid-19 virus, and anyone who has been bereaved of a loved one by the Covid-19 virus.

Further details regarding this project can be supplied to those offering interest as participants, in confidence, upon request to Rev. Dr. Roger Abbott, rpa24@cam.ac.uk, +44 7877933662 / (01509) 82270.

Useful Links


Baker, R.E., Mahmud, A.S., Wagner, C.E. et al. Epidemic dynamics of respiratory syncytial virus in current and future climates. Nature Communications 10, 5512 (2019).

Joe Carter, How Should Christians Talk About the COVID-19 Pandemic? The Gospel Coalition, (Feb. 2020)

John C. Mutter, Whatif? What if a natural disaster strikes amid a pandemic? Tremblor., (April, 2020)

Justin Worland, The Wuhan Coronavirus, Climate Change, and Future Epidemics. Time, (Feb. 2020)

Steven Taylor, The Psychology of Pandemics, RNZ: Science (March, 2020)

Global Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events: Understanding the Contributions to Infectious Disease Emergence: Workshop Summary David A. Relman, Margaret A. Hamburg, Eileen R. Choffnes, and Alison Mack, Rapporteurs, Forum on Global Health. ISBN: 0-309-12403-4, 304 pages, 6 x 9, (2008).

The International Christian Medical & Dental Association COVID-19 Updates

Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It’s Not Supposed To. Time Magazine 29 March 2020 N.T. Wright 



Roger Abbott in conversation with Johan Erasmus (Reflections on the virus with Roger Abbott.)  Recorded in Pretoria, South Africa on Monday March 16th, 2020

Roger Abbott, recorded with John Clarke, a social worker and activist in Johannesburg, South Africa (March, 2020). The first in a series entitled “Tough Minds and Tender Hearts:  Wisdom in the midst of the corona virus pandemic” 

Coronavirus and the book of Job Biologos Podcast 30 April 2020 Professor John Walton

Francis Collins on Science and Faith During COVID-19 Biologos Live Stream 13 April 2020 Dr Francis Collins, Jim Stump

Coronavirus: what are we dealing with? EICC 03 April 2020 Joe Boot, Dr Ted Fenske, Dr Peter Saunders