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Christianity and COVID-19
Pathways for Faith

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December 31, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume explores current understandings of the global meaning of faith and suffering in the context of COVID-19 and interrogates responses to the pandemic that have emerged from World Christianity. It includes chapters by a range of international contributors approached from a variety of angles within Global Christian theology. They provide reflections and analyses focused on the question of God, human suffering, structural injustice, the role of the church and Christian praxis in the milieu of COVID-19, where misery and dying is a daily routine. This book will be of interest to scholars of Missiology, World Christianity, biblical/public/contextual theology and various Contemporary Christian studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Pathways for Faith

Chammah J. Kaunda


1 A Theological Examination of Some Non-Christian Worldviews Revealed through Taiwanese Christian Reactions to COVID-19 Pandemic

Tsung-I Hwang

2 Covid -19: A Reflection from Indigenous Peoples’ Lifeway

Atola Longkumer

3 Perceptions of COVID-19 in a Sample of Female Clergy: Implications for Theological Understandings of Suffering

Anisah Bagasra, Alison Mc Letchie and Robin Dease

4 The Word of God and the Cry of Humanity: Intercultural Reading of Job’s Questions to God

Nicoletta Gatti, and Alexander Salakpi

5 The Holy Spirit, Human Suffering, and Healing: An Initial Pentecostal Reflection

Wonsuk Ma

6 COVID-19, the Question of Evils, Human Freedom, and Divine Attributes

Cyril Emeka Ejike

7 Asking God Tough Questions: The Use of Interrogatives in Habakkuk’s First Chapter

May Young

8 Martin Luther’s understanding of Righteousness and its Implications and challenges to COVID 19

Jayabalan Murthy

9 Who Tweeted "Mene Mene Tekel Parsin"?: COVID-19, Twitter, and Apocalyptic Literature

Wesley Magruder

10 Covid-19 and Human Suffering

Augustine Chingwala Musopole



11 Pacific Spirituality Online and on the line: Renewing Worship Spaces and the place of Church in response to Physical Distancing

Faafetai Aiavā

12 Liberation after COVID 19 – (re)building hope for older and disabled people beyond the global hegemonies of ‘youth’ and ‘growth’

Francis Davis

13 "Give us this day our daily bread?" The complexity of Faith Communities response to suffering within a context of Inequality in South Africa

Nadine Bowers Du Toit and Craig Stewart

14 Theology of Pastoral Accompaniment for Patients with COVID-19 in the Context of Physical Distancing

Telesia K. Musili and Edith K. Chamwama

15 Trusting in God’s Protection in the Wake of COVID-19: An Exegetical Reading of Psalm 91

Joseph O. Ayeh and George Ossom-Batsa

16 Love in the Time of Corona: Case Studies of Theodicy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gangri "Philip" Gobu

17 The Evangelical Church’s Love Affair with Injustice (White Supremacy): A Womanist Study of Mishpat during COVID-19

CL Nash and Esther Mombo

18 The Church and COVID-19 Pandemic: Voices of Myanmar Women Clerics

Naw Eh Tar Gay

19 Reflections on an Ecological Conversion of Catholic Spirituality today

Elisabeth Steffens

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Chammah J. Kaunda is Assistant Professor in World Christianity and Mission Studies within the United Graduate School of Theology at Yonsei University, South Korea.

Atola Longkumer is a visiting Professor of Religions and Missions at the South Asian Institute of Advanced Christian Studies in Bengaluru, India.

Kenneth R. Ross is Professor of Theology at Zomba Theological College, Malawi.

Esther Mombo is a Professor in the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul's University, Kenya.