A Pantheology of Pandemic: Sex, Race, Nature, and The Virus

American Journal of Theology and Philosophy 43 (1):5-23 (2022)
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Abstract

The explanations started pouring in even before the virus attained “pandemic” status in March of 2020: we were being punished. According to a vocal subset of Evangelical pastors and ultra-Orthodox rabbis, the death-dealing virus was divine retribution for the sins of LGBT-identified people and their allies, who aggressively violated what the pastors and rabbis called “the order of nature.”1 Meanwhile, their left-leaning counterparts argued that the sin in question wasn’t so much sexual as ecological: in the words of one Roman Catholic commentator, the coronavirus was God’s punishment for “our unfettered domination attitude toward nature.”2At the same time, an equally vocal throng of secular...

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