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dc.contributor.authorStoddart, Eric
dc.identifier.citationStoddart , E 2021 , ' Retreat, rebuke, recite : outliers in church responses to the COVID-19 pandemic ' , Practical Theology , vol. 14 , no. 1-2 , pp. 8-21 .
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dc.description.abstractThe article considers atypical responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by Christian leaders. In a three-fold classification it first identifies a retreat from civic life in resistance to lock-down restrictions on places of worship, demanding reopening on extreme readings of rights of religious freedom, and refusal of mandatory mask-wearing. A second classification groups as ‘rebuke’ spiritual warfare approaches within the prosperity gospel tradition that take the virus to be demonic, from which there is a promise to be claimed of God’s protection and healing. A third classification gathers a range of conspiracy theories recited by Christian preachers. In evaluating the responses, a parallel classification of entombing conspiracies, endorsing public health measures, and engaging in civic life is proposed. Drawing upon the common good as a theological critique it is concluded that extremist Christian views present a danger to global public health.
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dc.subjectPublic healthen
dc.subjectProsperity gospelen
dc.subjectFreedom of religionen
dc.subjectBL Religionen
dc.subjectRA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicineen
dc.subjectSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingen
dc.titleRetreat, rebuke, recite : outliers in church responses to the COVID-19 pandemicen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Divinityen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for the Study of Religion and Politicsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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